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Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
1. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  
The congregation of Emanuel Church was formed out of the Methodist society by Robert Williams, who erected a meetinghouse on South Street in 1772. Thus, two societies were established, the Black people called their society the African Methodist Society.

Until Nat Turner's insurrection in 1831, we occupied a building on Washington Street. It was then that we were forced to worship with the white Methodist until they built a new church in 1856. That building was destroyed by fire and the congregation, largely slaves and freed Blacks, built this church building and dedicated it in November 1857.

In 1871, the then 99 year old congregation joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church and renamed itself Emanuel meaning "God with us."
 
Erected by Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church ⛪ series list.
 
Location. 36° 50.293′ 

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
2. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
N, 76° 18.297′ W. Marker is in Olde Towne in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is on North Street just east of Green Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 637 North St, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincolnsville (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Dr. James W. Holley III (within shouting distance of this marker); Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (within shouting distance of this marker); Emanuel A.M.E. Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Ruth Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Dale, U.S.N. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Church (about 500 feet away); Saint Paul's School (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olde Towne.
 
Additional plaque about the restoration of the church in 1984 image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 30, 2021
3. Additional plaque about the restoration of the church in 1984
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 31, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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Feb. 26, 2021