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AME Church Born Resisting White Racism

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest independent denomination founded by blacks in the world, an offshoot of the white-run Methodist Church that once refused entry to black members. The AME Church, as it is known, grew out of the Free African Society established by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others in Philadelphia in 1787. At that time, Allen and others of African descent withdrew from St. George's Methodist Church because of restrictions placed on...

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