Ebenezer AME Church

Ebenezer AME Church (HMXE8)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 16.796', W 76° 36.922'

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This church is part of the African Methodist Episcopal congregation, the oldest independent black institution in the country. The origins of the A.M.E. church date back to the late 18th century, when blacks withdrew from the parent Methodist Church in protest against racially segregated seating and lack of representation in church hierarchy. In 1816, the A.M.E. church was formally organized in Philadelphia.

Ebenezer A.M.E. is Baltimore;s oldest standing church built by a black organization. It stands on the site of an earlier church building that was erected in 1848 by the same congregation (first organized in 1836). Several clergymen of national importance have served the church, including Bishop Daniel A. Payne, who founded Wilberforce university, the oldest black university in the country.

The site was purchased in 1839 by four freedmen of the congregation. In 1848, the congregation was incorporated, the building leveled and a new structure erected.

The present building dates from 1865. In 1893, the exterior was radically altered from English Gothic Revival style to vernacular Romanesque Revival. although the architect is unknown, the builder was B.F. Bennett

The church building is an excellent example of ecclesiastical architecture popular in the late 19th century. A meeting hall was located at ground level; on the floor above was the worship hall where members congregated for services.

1869 view of the church, taken from Sachse's bird's eye view of the city.

HM NumberHMXE8
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360671 N 4349085
Decimal Degrees39.27993333, -76.61536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.796', W 76° 36.922'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 47.76" N, 76° 36' 55.32" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20 W Montgomery St, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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