The term black church or African-American church refers to Protestant churches that currently or historically have ministered to predominantly black congregations in the United States. Many black churches belong to predominantly African-American denominations, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Most of the first black congregations and churches formed before 1800, were founded by free blacks. The oldest black Baptist church, and third oldest in the United States was founded about 1790 by the slave Peter Durrett.
African American churches have long been the center of community serving as school sites in the early years of the civil war, taking up social welfare functions, such as providing for the indigent, establishing schools, orphanages and prison ministries. Black churches were very instrumental in helping slaves escape through the underground railroad and also played an intricate role during the civil rights movement.
Here is a historical in depth review of the black church, it’s origins and the role it played in the civil rights movement.
Albert Earl Jr.
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