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By Marilyn McCraven and Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1997
Sunday was T-shirt day at Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Baltimore. Everyone was dressed casually, wearing T-shirts celebrating the church's centennial.Then in walked the church's pastor, the Rev. Vashti McKenzie, looking cool and calm in a royal blue African-inspired two-piece dress that swept the floor.Later, she opened her jacket to reveal her Payne T-shirt.It was just one of the latest surprises from the woman who has become one of Baltimore's leading religious figures.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
One day in 1870, 41 newly freed slaves got together in Jackson, Miss., to establish a new branch of mainstream Methodism called the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. Hundreds of members of that denomination, now known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center Friday to consecrate the 61st, 62nd and 63rd bishops in its history. A two-hour service marked the end of the historically black denomination's weeklong general conference, a convention members hold every four years to choose new leaders and weigh doctrinal changes.
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February 14, 1997
Balloon ascension to mark Black History MonthOak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church, 123 W. 24th St., will celebrate Black History Month with a balloon ascension and service at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday.The event celebrates the history of African-Americans and the church, which has served the Baltimore community for 100 years.The church was founded in 1897 by Bishop James A. Handy, head of the Baltimore District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.Information: 235-6908.Pub Date: 2/14/97
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
The Rev. Ricky Spain, pastor of East Baltimore's Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church who had also been a community activist in his years as an Annapolis-area pastor, died of cancer Nov. 16 at the Tate Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. The Severn resident was 63. Born in Virginia Beach, Va., he was the son of Luther and Florence Spain. A 1967 graduate of First Colonial High School, he won state honors for wrestling. After studying at Norfolk State University, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
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July 12, 2006
The International Festival on Sunday at Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church on Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis featured the Gombey dancers of Bermuda, along with music, food, arts and crafts, face-painting and vendors.
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December 23, 1990
The Rev. Charlotte Clemons, pastor of Shiloh African Methodist Episcopal Church, has been chosen to serve as a fellow to the Congress of National Black Churches.*Mark Saltzman, assistant professor of chemical engineering in the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, was awarded a $50,000 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for 1990.
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June 24, 1997
The Rev. Barbara P. Boyd, 79, the first woman ordained a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, died Friday in Jackson, Miss., of injuries suffered in a car accident.Frances Foster, 73, a character actress, stage director and founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company, died June 17 in Richmond, Va.Her work in television included acting in the daytime dramas "One Life to Life," "Ryan's Hope" and "All My Children." She also appeared in the Spike Lee movies "Malcolm X" and "Crooklyn."
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July 23, 1991
The Rev. Perry M. Tilghman, 71, pastor of the Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church in southwest Baltimore, died Thursday at his home on Winchester Street of cancer.Funeral services were being held today at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, Collington Avenue and Hoffman Street.Mr. Tilghman was pastor at Evergreen about eight years after serving Mount Olive A.M.E. Church in Fruitland for 10 years.NB He was previously pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Easton andhad served Trinity Church, where the services will be held, for about 12 years.
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By Elmer P. Martin and Joanne M. Martin | February 19, 1998
IT is common during Black History Month to make lists of "firsts" for African-Americans. Certainly, Baltimorean Daniel Coker, a 19th-century educator and religious leader, would be on any such list.Coker was one of the first African-Americans to become an ordained Methodist minister, publish a pamphlet ("A Dialogue Between a Virginian and an African Minister," in 1810), start a school and lead the independent black church movement.Coker, born Isaac Wright in 1780, was the son of an African-American slave father and an English indentured servant mother.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2000
Several government agencies gave their blessing yesterday to Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church's planned 3,000-seat church in Granite, as a hearing resumed on the project. The hearing, which could last several days, was delayed last week when the church introduced new access road designs that had not been reviewed by community leaders or the State Highway Administration. Yesterday, state highway engineer Larry Gredlein testified that "we've approved the traffic impact study." He also said the state had approved the design of the entrance on Old Court Road.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,stephanie.desmon@baltsun.com | July 13, 2009
On a typical summer Sunday, the doors of Temple Oheb Shalom are locked tight. With observances of the Jewish Sabbath taking place on Friday night and Saturday and religious school out until fall, the Park Heights Avenue building sits empty. Not yesterday. Hundreds of congregants of a different faith poured into the sanctuary, bringing along their love of God, their upbeat music and their fervent prayer to the otherwise quiet house of worship. A fire July 1 damaged the historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Upton and left its flock with no place to come together.
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By Olivia Bobrowsky and Olivia Bobrowsky,olivia.bobrowsky@baltsun.com | July 3, 2009
The congregation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Druid Hill Avenue will hold Sunday services at Pier Six Pavilion at the Inner Harbor this weekend after a two-alarm fire damaged the church's steeple Wednesday night. The fire, which officials are blaming on a lightning strike, didn't spread beyond the steeple and bell tower, Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said, but the church's interior was damaged by water. The church was vacant at the time, and no one was injured.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | May 11, 2008
The most recent addition to the list of Harford County landmarks won its place for its simplicity, history and role in the life of its community. Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1838 on donated ground that was owned by former slaves. Named for the street in Churchville where it was built, the parish was, for much of its history, the only church in the county where African-Americans were invited to worship. "My family gave the land and helped build the church," said the Rev. Lewis Smith, a retired Methodist minister.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | February 2, 2008
Motorists driving along Bellona Avenue through Ruxton can catch a glimpse of a 19th- century gray frame Gothic Revival church with tall green shutters sitting on a slight, tree-capped hill above the light rail tracks. What they're looking at is St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church, with its one-floor fieldstone parsonage nearby. Surrounding the buildings is a graveyard that constitutes the final resting place of generations of the Scott family from Bare Hills, who have been involved with the historic church since its founding by free blacks in 1833.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | September 23, 2007
Mary E. Robinson, a Head Start teacher and administrator who later served on the Baltimore City school board, died Thursday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Sinai Hospital. The Ashburton resident was 76. Born Mary Elizabeth Coleman in Memphis, Tenn., she earned a bachelor's degree in music at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind., an education degree from what is now Coppin State University and a master's degree from Morgan State University. She also had a deep soprano voice and served as director of a Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church choir for 13 years, family members said.
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August 10, 2007
Jean D. Waters, a church musician and retired Social Security Administration employee, died Monday of cancer at her Southwest Baltimore home. She was 66. Born Jean Delois Lokeman in Baltimore and raised on Leeds Street, she was a 1959 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She earned a degree at the Peabody Conservatory. As a young woman, she worked in St. Agnes Hospital's nursery. She was later a benefits authorizer at the Social Security agency in Woodlawn, where she retired in 2004 after 31 years of service.
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By Robert M. Pennington of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society | July 16, 1995
100 Years Ago* A fire in Annapolis destroyed the grocery and ship chandlery store of George W. Moss & Co. on the north side of city dock together with its contents. Adjoining buildings were damaged by water and several injuries were reported. Later two kegs of gunpowder stored on the second floor exploded, causing additional damage. -- The Sun, Sept. 2, 1895.* In Annapolis, Louis Gardner has been awarded the contract for building the new Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church on the corner of Maryland Avenue and Prince George Street at a total cost of $25,000.
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July 23, 1991
Services for the Rev. Perry M. Tilghman, pastor of the Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Southwest Baltimore, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church, Collington Avenue and Hoffman Street.Mr. Tilghman, who was 71, died Thursday of cancer at his home on Winchester Street.He was pastor at Evergreen for about eight years after serving Mount Olive A.M.E. Church in Fruitland for 10 years.He was previously pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Easton and had served Trinity Church, where the services will be held, for about 12 years.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun architecture critic | June 11, 2007
For nearly 100 years, a certain wood frame building in Hampden was a house of worship, the place where people came to celebrate many of life's rituals and rites of passage. Now that building is undergoing transition, from a church to a learning center for "at-risk adolescents." The one-time confines of the Hampden Trinity United Church of Christ, a Victorian Gothic structure at 1234 W. 36th St., will be renovated and enlarged to become a new home for Learning Inc., a community-based educational program for youths ages 14 to 18. Directors and supporters of the nonprofit organization gathered this month to mark the beginning of a $1.6 million construction project that will enable Learning Inc. to increase its enrollment from 50 to 100. It makes Trinity the second church in Hampden to be converted to a new use in the past six years.
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