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Black History Month 2015: Historic African American Churches

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 blackpast [at] blackpast [dot] 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.

 


Alabama

Huntsville
St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, 1808-

Montgomery
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 1883-

 

Arizona
Phoenix
Tanner Chapel AME Church, 1887-  
Tucson

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson, Arizona, 1900-

 

Arkansas

Little Rock

First Missionary Baptist Church, 1845-

California
Los Angeles
First A.M.E. Church, 1872-
Oakland
First A.M.E. Church, 1858-
Sacramento
St. Andrews A.M.E. Church, 1850-
San Jose
Antioch Baptist Church, 1893-

 

Colorado
Denver
Zion Baptist Church, 1865- 

Shorter AME Church, 1868-

 

Connecticut

Hartford

Faith Congregational Church, 1819-

New Haven

St. Luke Episcopal Church, 1844-

 

Delaware

Wilmington

Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 1789-

 

District of Columbia

Metropolitan AME Church, 1821-

 

Georgia

Atlanta

Big Bethel AME Church, 1847-

Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1855-

First Congregational Church, 1867-

Wheat Street Baptist Church, 1869-

Savannah
First African Baptist Church, 1773-

 

Florida

Jacksonville

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, ca. 1865-

 

Illiniois

Alton

Salem Baptist Church, 1819-

Brooklyn

Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, c. 1830- 

Chicago

Olivet Baptist Church, 1850-

Indiana
Richmond

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Richmond, Indiana, 1836- 

Iowa
Des Moines

Burns United Methodist Church, 1866-

Kansas
Topeka
St. John A.M.E., 1868-

Kentucky
Lexington
Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, 1790-

Louisiana
New Orleans
St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1841

Maryland

Baltimore

Bethel A.M.E., 1785-

St. Xavier Catholic Church, 1836-

 

Massachusetts

Boston

African Baptist Church, 1805-

Columbus Avenue AME Church, 1838- 

 

Michigan

Detroit

Second Baptist Church of Detroit, 1844-

 

Minnesota

St. Paul

Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1863

 

Mississippi

Natchez

Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1854-

 

Missouri

St. Louis

First Baptist Church, 1817

Montana
Great Falls
Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1890-
Helena
St. James A.M.E. Church, 1888-

 

Nebraska

Omaha

St. John AME Church, 1865-

 

New Hampshire

Pourtsmouth

People's Baptist Church, 1873-

 

New Jersey

Elsinboro

Mt. Pisgah A.M.E., 1754-

Oldest Continuously Operating African American Church in the United States

Newark
Moorish Science Temple of America, 1913-

Princeton

Witherspoon Street Prebyterian Church, 1836-

 

New Mexico
Albuquerque
Grant Chapel AME Church, 1883-
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1899-
Las Cruces
Phillips Chapel CME Church, 1911- 

 

New York

New York City
Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1796-

Abyssinian Baptist Church, 1808-

St. Phillips Protestant Episcopal Church, 1809-
The Church of St. Mark, 1838-

 

North Carolina

Winston-Salem

St. Phillips Moravian Church, 1822-

 

Ohio

Cincinnati

Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1824-

 

Oregon

Portland

Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1889-

 

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1794-

African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 1792-

First African Presbyterian Church, 1807-

 

Rhode Island

Providence

Congdon Street Baptist Church, 1819-


South Carolina

Charleston

Emanuel A.M.E., 1816-
Silver Bluff
Silver Bluff Baptist Church, 1773-

Tennessee
Memphis
Church of God in Christ, 1907-

Nashville

First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, 1835-

Spruce Street Baptist Church, 1835-

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1835-

Clark Memorial United Methodist, 1865-

 

Texas
Corpus Christi
Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1914-

El Paso

Second Baptist Church, El Paso-1884

Houston
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1868-
San Antonio
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1888-

Utah
Salt Lake City

Trinity A.M.E. Church, 1890-

 

Virginia

Petersburg

First African Baptist Church, 1756-

Richmond
First Baptist Church, 1780-

 

Washington
Seattle
First A.M.E. Church, 1886-
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1890-
Spokane
Cavalry Baptist Church, 1890-

 

West Virginia

Malden

African Zion Baptist Church, 1852-

 

Wisconsin
Milwaukee
St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1869- 

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