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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

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African Methodist Episcopal Church

Short History:  The church began when African American attendees at St. George's MEC in Philadelphia were not allowed to pray with the white members of the church.  The denomination was started by the Rev. Richard Allen who had been ordained by Francis Asbury and started Bethel AME in 1794. Bethel joined with other African American congregations to form the denomination in 1816.  The AME Church grew mainly in the Northeast until the aftermath of the Civil War when missionaries to the south brought in large numbers of former slaves.  The church is organized into episcopal districts and the Bishops are the Chief Officers of the Connectional Organization. They are elected for life (and retired at age 73) by a majority vote of the General Conference which meets every four years. A list of current and retired bishops of the church.

Local Churches:  There are several AME churches in the Louisville area. 

Quinn Chapel, 1901 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203

Ralph Avenue AME Church, 2501 Ralph Avenue, Louisville, KY 40210

Asbury Chapel,1801 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40203

Bethel AME Church, 201 West Charlestown Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

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