St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.), Dane County’s oldest African American-founded church, will celebrate its 121st anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 27. Sunday Service will begin at 11 a.m. and Anniversary Service will start at 3 p.m.
St. Paul A.M.E Church was first organized in 1902 in Madison. From 1902 to 1928 the church building was located at 625 E. Dayton Street. The original trustees were John Turner, William A. Miller, Moses Jefferson, William Hughes and Henry Jameson. They incorporated a religious society in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for religion, charitable, and educational purposes, according to St. Paul’s website, and the church was an outgrowth of the Douglas Society. The name St. Paul was connected to the church almost from the beginning.
The anniversary celebration at St. Paul A.M.E., now located at 4525 Diamond Drive on Madison’s East Side, will feature an exciting program with “uplifting music, inspiring sermons, and heartfelt prayers,” according to a press release from the church.
Rev. Gregory Armstrong is the current pastor at St. Paul A.M.E. Church.