Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
The first African American congregation and first African American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Dayton trace their roots back to the early 1830s. They were organized by Father Thomas Willis and a small group of faithful men and women. After several moves, the congregation settled on Eaker Street and the church was dedicated in the early 1870s. The church was rededicated in 1882 and renamed Wayman Chapel AME Church. The eminent poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and his mother Matilda attended and worshiped at the Eaker Street church. His untimely death in 1906 brought family and friends to his funeral services held at the church. By 1923 church leadership felt the need for more secure space for the growing congregation and moved to a new building at Fifth and Banks streets. Three elegant chandeliers for the sanctuary were donated by the city's newspaper, the Dayton Daily News. (Continued on other side)
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The Great Depression years were financially difficult for the church, but in 1937 Reverend P.A. Nichols and church officers and members launched a program to free the
Erected 2008 by Wayman Chapel AME Church and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 45.697′ N, 84° 14.665′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Hoover Avenue and Leland Avenue, on the right when traveling west Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3317 Hoover Avenue, Dayton OH 45402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mount Enon Missionary Baptist Church / Euclid Avenue United Brethren Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rising to the Challenge (approx. 1.4 miles away); Making His Way With Words (approx. 1.4 miles away); Paul Laurence Dunbar (approx. 1.4 miles away); Coming Home (approx. 1.4 miles away); United Theological Seminary (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Professor of the Propeller (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
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