Historical Significance The Disciples of Christ is one of a number of sects that flourished in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The denomination focused on the Bible as their doctrinal guide and gave individual churches considerable…

Historical Significance Emanuel A.M.E. Church is the oldest church of any black denomination in the city of Portsmouth, and the second oldest church building in Portsmouth. The congregation dates to 1772, three years before the American Revolution.…

Historical Significance For more than a century and a half, the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Jackson Ward has been a Richmond landmark. A daughter congregation of First African Baptist, Ebenezer was formed in 1857 and initially named Third African…

Historical Significance Court Street Baptist Church is regarded by many as "the mother church" of Lynchburg's black Baptists. The congregation was organized in 1843 when it split from its parent church, the white First Baptist Church. The newly…

Historical Significance African Americans have been a substantial portion of the denomination membership of American Methodism since its founding. In 1823, the Holston Conference total membership included 7,512 whites and 1,078 blacks. In the early…

Historical Significance The building that now serves as the parish hall for the Grace Episcopal Church was originally the slave chapel for Bremo, the adjacent plantation of General John Hartwell Cocke. It is the state's only known slave chapel and…

Historical Significance The first black church organized in Alexandria after its occupation by Union troops in 1861, Beulah Baptist was established in 1863 at the edge of the Bottoms, a longtime African-American neighborhood. The church grew out of…

Historical Significance Once known as the Old Sassafras Stage Church, Bethel Baptist Church is the oldest independent African American congregation in Sassafras and one of the oldest in Gloucester County. Bethel dates from the 19th century, when…

Historical Significance Enslaved and free blacks found ways to establish their own churches and schools despite laws restricting their ability to meet in groups. Founded in 1818 in the Bottoms, Alexandria's oldest African-American neighborhood,…

Historical Significance Alexander Hill Baptist Church was founded in 1865, and today is considered the oldest African- American Church in Buckingham County. At the end of the Civil War, a prominent local lawyer named Alexander Moseley gave each of…