Miles Mark Fisher, 1889-1970
Miles Mark Fisher was born on October 29, 1899 in Atlanta, Georgia. Fisher was a historian and Baptist minister. Fisher attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, receiving his B. A. in 1918. From Atlanta, Fisher moved to Chicago where he studied at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago. In 1922, Fisher received his B. D. from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and his M. A. from the University of Chicago. During this period, Fisher wrote a brief biography of Lott Carey. After obtaining these degrees, Fisher began work on his Ph.D., which he received from the University of Chicago in 1948. Fisher's dissertation is a study of slave songs entitled, "Negro Slave Songs in the United States." His dissertation won the American Historical Association's prize for best historical study of the year.
In 1933, Fisher was hired to be the pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, NC. Fisher also taught church history at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. In 1965, Fisher retired from his pastorate and teaching at Shaw. He died in 1970.