Historic African American Churches
The African American Church has long been considered one of the foundational and most influential institutions in black America. This page is dedicated to highlighting the oldest of these institutions in states across the nation. Listed below are African American churches by state which are at least one century old (founded in 1915 or earlier) and which are continuously operating until today. In other words, one can attend service next Sunday in any church on this list. The oldest continuously operating church in each state is listed in Boldtype.
We at BlackPast.org admit that this list is incomplete and that it will continue to grow over time. If your church is not on this list please consider writing a 500 to 550 word entry for its inclusion. If you are interested, please contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.. Do not send in information on your church without contacting BlackPast.org first. Your entry must conform to the website's guidelines before it can be added to the list. Nonetheless we invite church members across the United States to add a profile of your house of worship to BlackPast.org.
St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, 1808-
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 1883-
Tanner Chapel AME Church, 1887-
Zion Baptist Church, 1865-
District of Columbia
First African Baptist Church, 1773-
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Richmond, Indiana, 1836-
Burns United Methodist Church, 1866-
St. John A.M.E., 1868-
St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1841
Oldest Continuously Operating African American Church in the United States
New York City
Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1796-
Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1794-
Church of God in Christ, 1907-
Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1914-
First Baptist Church, 1780-
St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1869-
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