The Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest congregation of African descent in Columbus and was founded in 1823 as Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church by Moses Freeman and 13 other members from the Town Street Church. Several buildings were erected to meet the needs of the growing congregation. The present edifice, located at 639 E. Long Street, was completed in 1906. The church is associated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). In 2023, the multicultural congregation is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. Learn about the history and architecture of this historic place and future plans to preserve the church.
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July 25, 2023
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