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African M. E. Church and Parsonage, Portsmouth

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Title

African M. E. Church and Parsonage, Portsmouth

Subject

African Americans, religion

Description

African American Methodists in Portsmouth constructed their own church in 1857. The building was used by escaping slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. Required by Virginia law to have a white minister, the congregation called its first African American pastor, Rev. James A. Handy, in 1864. In 1871 the congregation affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and became known as the Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

Creator

A. M. Turner

Source

Edward Pollock, comp., Sketch Book of Portsmouth, Va., Its People and its Trade (Portsmouth, 1886), 157.

Publisher

Portsmouth, Va.: Edward Pollock

Contributor

Library of Virginia

Rights

CC BY-SA

Format

JPG

Type

Engraving

Identifier

15_1075_014

Coverage

Portsmouth, Virginia