Monday, July 18, 2016

Founded by freed slaves, St. Matthias marks 150 years

From Western North Carolina-

 Founded as the Freedmen's Church after the Civil War and built by a former slave, St. Matthias Episcopal Church marks its 150th anniversary as a congregation where whites and African-Americans can come together in worship.

In celebration, St. Matthias will open its doors to all of Asheville for a special service at 3 p.m. July 23 at 1 Dundee St., across from the city of Asheville Public Works Building on Charlotte Street.

At the close of the Civil war in 1865, Capt. Thomas Patton and General James Martin, who had served in the defeated Confederate Army, wanted to provide worship opportunities for their former slaves. Black congregants began to worship at Trinity.

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