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Byrd's Africian Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
1. Byrd's Africian Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  In the early 1890s Clayton was home to an increasing population of African-Americans, many of whom were railroad workers. Byrd's African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was built in 1894 to accommodate this growing community who previously had to walk several miles to Mount Friendship Church for services. The land was purchased from Willis C. Dickerson by the trustees of the Clayton A.M.E. Church for 100 dollars on July 13, 1894. The Church takes its name from Reverend Elijah Byrd who served as pastor for both Mt. Friendship Church and the newly established Byrd's A.M.E. Church. The two congregations maintained very close ties and in 1901 they jointly purchased five acres of land from John P. Hudson for the formation of an annual ten day camp-meeting intended to raise funds and provide an inspirational vacation for members. Byrd's A.M.E. Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and continues to serve the spiritual needs of the Clayton community.
 
Erected 2012 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-112.)
 
Location.
Byrd's Africian Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
2. Byrd's Africian Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
39° 17.532′ N, 75° 37.602′ W. Marker is in Clayton, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Dickerson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 131 Dickerson Street, Clayton DE 19938, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedicated To All Who Served (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Clayton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Duck Creek Society of Friends (approx. one mile away); St. Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); "First in the World" (approx. one mile away); Sgt. John B. Maberry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Old Asbury Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named St. Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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