Graves Chapel A.M.E. hon­ors founder

Free cel­e­bra­tion to fea­ture mu­sic and guest speaker

The Covington News - - Local news -

Graves Chapel A. M. E. Church will cel­e­brate Founder’s Day at 11:30 a.m. to­day.

In 1787, Richard Allen, born a slave in Delaware, founded the African Methodist Epis­co­pal Church in Philadel­phia af­ter he and other blacks were de­nied the free­dom to wor­ship in St. Ge­orge’s Methodist Epis­co­pal Church.

Un­der Allen’s lead­er­ship, the con­gre­ga­tion bought an old black­smith shop and moved it to a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in Philadel­phia where they or­ga­nized Bethel A.M.E. Church, which still stands to­day.

Allen was elected to serve as the church’s first ac­tive bishop.

He and his wife Sarah had six chil­dren. She was the first wo­man mis­sion­ary in the A.M.E. church and died at the age of 85.

Allen died in 1831 at the age of 71.

The Graves Chapel cel­e­bra­tion is open to all who would like to at­tend and will fea­ture speaker An­dre Clan­ton and Ox­ford Col­lege’s Gospel Choir, Voices of Praise, and soloist Christo­pher Jack­son.

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