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Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
1. Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1813 by free African American Peter Spencer, the Union Church of Africans was the first independent African American religious denomination in the United States. After leaving Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church to start Ezion Methodist Episcopal Church in 1805, Spencer broke with the Methodist Episcopal denomination completely in 1812 due to the barring of African American leadership within the church. As one of the founding churches under the auspices of Union Church, Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal (UAME) was among the first of its kind to be organized and directed by African Americans, and was unique in its encouragement of significant female participation. Originally located at 12th and French Streets, Mother UAME moved to 701 East 5th Street in 1996.

The Union Church denomination celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2013 and continues to serve the needs of its numerous domestic and international communities, thereby ensuring the perpetuation of Spencer's movement. In 2014,k this historic marker was dedicated by and for the Church community with Presiding Bishops Rt. Reverend Michael S. Moulden and Rt. Reverend

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By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
2. Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
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Linwood Rideout III, and Bishop George W. Pointdexter (Retired) in attendance.
 
Erected 2014 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-200.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1813.
 
Location. 39° 44.267′ N, 75° 32.55′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on E. 5th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 E 5th Street, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Congregation of Crane Hook Church Built Holy Trinity Church 1698-1699 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Swedes Church (about 500 feet away); Burr Family Vault (about 500 feet away); Hendrickson House (about 500 feet away); Major Peter Jaquett (about 500 feet away); Brinckle Family (about 500 feet away); Bayard Plot (about 500 feet away); Judge Ignatius C. Grubb (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Also see . . .  Peter Spencer Churches and African Union Methodism. (Submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 24, 2016
3. Mother Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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