Saturday, June 21, 2014

1st Black Episcopal Church in South to Celebrate 190 years.

From Baltimore- (with video)

The oldest black Episcopal Church south of the Mason-Dixon Line is getting ready to celebrate nearly 200 years of service this weekend.

St. James Episcopal Church is located in the heart of west Baltimore's Lafayette Square. It was formed during the slavery era in 1824 and was the only one of its kind in the south for decades.

"After the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, then we began to see additional black episcopal congregations being founded in the south. But for nearly 40 years, St. James was it," said the Rev. Allen Robinson.

The current site isn't the original location for St. James, but the church is old. Built in 1867, St. James took the current building over in the 1930s when the neighborhood was changing from predominantly white to black, and it became the cornerstone of the community.

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