African American Churches of Philadelphia 1787-1949 MPS



Philadelphia has been a center of African American religious activity for more than two centuries, and much of its history and tradition has been preserved in Philadelphia's historic African American religious buildings. Today there are nearly 100 church buildings of vital historic significance within Philadelphia's city limits, several of which have been occupied by more than one historic African American congregation. Some of these church buildings were built by black congregations in times of intense racial prejudice or economic insecurity and stand today as monuments to the growing strength and solidarity of Philadelphia's African American church. Other church buildings were purchased from previous owners, most often wealthy white congregations (wealthy at least at the time of construction). These buildings demonstrate the Church's increasing economic power as well as Philadelphia's evolving ethnic and religious demography. Both types of buildings help tell the story of the developing African American community in Philadelphia and, on a larger scale, the wider African American religious experience from colonial times to the present. NRHP MPS form

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St George's Methodist Church

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