Embry Chapel AME hosts Founders Day event

Feb 7 2014 - 8:00pm

OGDEN -- All are invited to a Founders Day event, a colorful black history celebration including actors in costume, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Embry Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 264 30th St.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest black church in America.

The AMEC grew out of the Free African Society, which Richard Allen, Absalom Jones and others established in Philadelphia in 1787, according to a news release from the church.

When officials at St. George Methodist Episcopal Church pulled blacks off their knees while praying, Allen led a small group who resolved to remain Methodists. In 1794 Bethel AME was dedicated with Allen as pastor.

The church, affectionately known as Mother Bethel, remains a historical site in Philadelphia.

Today the AME Church has membership in 20 Episcopal districts in 39 countries on five continents.

For more information on the event, call 801-394-2338.

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