Gallipolis in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
African Methodist Episcopal Church
Historic Underground Railroad Site
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1818 as the Bethel Church. In 1868 its present name, John Gee, was adopted when the church was erected and rededicated at this present site on land donated by Gee. Founders of this church are: John and Barbara Gee, William and Eliza Napper, Leah Stewart, Nancy Bell, John and Lorain Givens. Lovina Lucas, and Marthilda Warren. It is the first colored, religious organization within Gallia County.
Throughout its existence, this church has proven to be at the forefront of human compassion. In the 1830's, they supported a school for “colored” kids operated by Elisha Barnes. Among his former students were James Madison Bell, who gained national note for his association with John Brown's Raiders, and Harvey Cain, who in 1872 addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on Civil Rights. During the Civil War, it was a refuge for soldiers
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during the time of Lightborn's Retreat. Also, this edifice housed many refugees coming North looking for freedom as a designated stop on the Underground Railroad.
Several prominent figures in Black History participated in the Ohio Conference of the A.M.E. in 1888, hosted at John Gee: Bishop B.W. Arnett, from Greene
This edifice continues to serve the community as the John Gee Black Historical Center, Inc., established on June 2, 1998.
Erected by The Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
Location. 38° 48.82′ N, 82° 11.847′ W. Marker is in Gallipolis, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on Pine Street (Ohio Route 160), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 Pine Street, Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hon. Samuel Finley Vinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles E. Holzer, Sr., M.D. Pine Street Colored Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Dunmore War 1774 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Our House (approx. half a mile away); Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7 Free and Accepted Masons (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); 1790 - Gallipolis - 1940 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gallipolis.
Also see . . .
1. John Gee. (Submitted on May 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. A.M.E. Church. (Submitted on May 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Civil Rights • Notable Events • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
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