Daniel Alexander Payne, who was born on February 24th, 1811, was the sixth bisop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) church. A successful minister born in Charleston, South Carolina, Payne often travelled from place to place for education and missions. He was born a free slave, and was a key figure in denouncing slavery and racism in the United States in educated fields. He was passionate in educating others, teaching literacy to free people of color as well as ministers. He used his position to work to better the position of African Americans in the United States.