Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church
— Historic Underground Railroad —
Methodism was known in Chillicothe as early as 1796. During the early years, 1803-1821, both African American and white Methodists worshipped together in a small brick church, located on the north side of Second Street between Paint and Walnut Streets. This was the first Methodist Church in Chillicothe. Although the African American and white Methodists worshipped and communed together, the African American Methodists were required to occupy the gallery on the north side of the church and were also the last to receive the sacrament of communion. The African American members did not feel they enjoyed equal rights and privileges with their white brethren, although they contributed their share to the spiritual, physical, and financial support of the church.
In 1821 the African American members, led by Rev. Peter James, left the church and formed their own congregation. Rev. William Paul Quinn, who later became Bishop Quinn, organized the new church. Founding members of the church included Peter James (counselor in the Anti-Slavery Society), Harry Hitt,
Their first brick building was erected in 1857 at the present location under the administration of Rev. Samuel Watts. By now the congregation was called Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. The present building was constructed in 1910 under the pastorate of Rev. W. E. Walker. The Chillicothe congregation is the oldest A.M.E. church in Ohio and the first A.M.E. church organized west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Erected by The Members of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church and The Friends of Freedom/Ohio Underground Railroad Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Charity & Public WorkChurches & Religion • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church ⛪ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1796.
Location. 39° 19.951′ N, 82° 59.247′ W. Marker is in Chillicothe, Ohio, in Ross County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 50), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 181 W Main Street, Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abrams' Big House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Court of Ross County (about 800 feet away); The Underground Railroad in Chillicothe / Ross County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chillicothe Gazette (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dard Hunter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Site in Journalism (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Replica of Ohio's First Capitol (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donald E. McHenry (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chillicothe.
Additional keywords. Black Methodism, African Methodist Episcopal Church
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