“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church Historical Markers

The CME Church is a historically African American denomination of the Methodist tradition. Note: At different times in its history, CME church has been organized as either the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church or the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. They are the same denomination.
St. James C.M.E. Church Marker image, Touch for more information
By David J Gaines, October 20, 2012
St. James C.M.E. Church Marker
1 Alabama, Bullock County, Midway — 1998 — St. James C.M.E. ChurchRailroad Street Midway, Alabama
St. James Christian Methodist Episcopal Church founded by Reverend Jack McMillan, a former slave of Midway’s Daniel McMillan. Initially meeting outdoors under a brush arbor, ex-slaves and their children constructed a wood-frame church building soon . . . Map (db m60909) HM
2 Alabama, Clarke County, Thomasville — Williams’ Temple CME Church
Founded by the CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) Church as the only school for black students in the area in the early 1900’s, Williams’ Temple eventually consolidated with another school in Booker City to form Miles College near Birmingham. . . . Map (db m101596) HM
3 Alabama, Jefferson County, Fairfield — Miles College Leaders, Students Active During Civil Rights Era
Miles College Leaders. Students Active During Civil Rights Era The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church founded Miles College in Fairfield in 1898. During the 1960s, President Lucius Pitts encouraged students, faculty and staff to become . . . Map (db m153232) HM
4 Alabama, Lawrence County, Moulton — Smith Chapel C.M.E. Church
On this site in 1871 former slaves constructed one of the first churches and schools for African Americans in Moulton. The Colored Methodist purchased most of the materials used for the building. Mr. and Mrs Isaac Nabors Owen gave land for the . . . Map (db m195205) HM
5 Alabama, Lowndes County, Lowndesboro — Lowndesboro, Alabama / Lowndesboro Business District
Lowndesboro, Alabama Lowndesboro developed from a small community of early settlers to a thriving township in the 1830’s. The settlers’ plantation interests were maintained in the lowlands along the Alabama River, while they built their . . . Map (db m70934) HM
6 Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile — 14 — Dave Patton(1879-1927)
Patton began his hauling business with two mules and grew to become a prominent real estate entrepreneur and contractor, building many area roads and schools. Patton purchased this site in 1900. According to oral tradition, he commissioned architect . . . Map (db m111313) HM
7 Alabama, Montgomery County, Montgomery — 5 — Highway Construction Destroys Historic Black NeighborhoodsThe Cloverleaf beneath Interstates 65 and 85 — Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail —
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorized the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System over a ten year period - the largest public works project in American history to . . . Map (db m210249) HM
8 Arkansas, White County, Mount Vernon — 34 — The Colony / Mount Olive / Bedford Chapel Cemetery
The Colony. After the Civil War, African Americans from across the former Confederacy settled here, in a farming community called The Colony. Many owned their own farms and others were sharecroppers. The community established the Mount Olive . . . Map (db m229615) HM
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9 California, Alameda County, Berkeley, South Berkeley — Lorin Theater(Philips Temple C. M. E. Church) — City of Berkeley Landmark, designated in 1982 —
Hiram Lovell, Architect, 1910, 1914 James W. Plachek, Architect, 1921 The popularity of early movies created a demand for new spaces to accommodate eager audiences. South Berkeley’s first neighborhood theater with 144 stools for seats was . . . Map (db m53816) HM
10 Florida, Alachua County, Gainesville — F-784 — Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
The congregation of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church first met on May 4, 1896. The church’s original members worshipped in the St. Paul CME Church, and together the congregations bought a parcel of land in 1900 to build a new church. Its construction . . . Map (db m110982) HM
11 Florida, Leon County, Tallahassee, Franklin/Call Street — F-378 — John Gilmore Riley House
John Gilmore Riley was born in 1857, the son of Sarah and James Riley. He was not formally educated, but was instructed by his Aunt Henrietta. Riley became principal of Lincoln Academy, Tallahassee’s first local high school for African Americans in . . . Map (db m79583) HM
12 Florida, Orange County, Orlando — F-854 — The Black Bottom House of Prayer
In the summer of 1916, a few Black families from the Deep South settled in an area of Orlando called the Black Bottom, so named because when it rained, water settled in the area and remained so long that residents built canoes for transportation. As . . . Map (db m128317) HM
13 Florida, Sarasota County, Sarasota — Methodist Church
The village of Sarasota's earliest church was chartered in 1891 as the Sarasota Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Manatee Village circuit rider Rev. E. F. Gates brought recently ordained Rev. William B. Tresca to be founding minister. 'Will' had . . . Map (db m97111) HM
14 Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine, Historic District — 33 Bernard StreetACCORD Freedom Trail
Bernard Street is one of three historically black residential streets in the North City area, dating back to the Flagler Era. At the west end of the street were a lumber yard, steam laundry, and ice plant that provided employment. Other residents . . . Map (db m17913) HM
15 Georgia, Richmond County, Augusta — 121- 46 — Paine College
Paine Institute, rechartered as Paine College in 1903, was founded Nov. 1, 1882, by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Epicscopal Church, South, at the urgent request of Bishop Lucious Holsey of the C.M.E. Church. The first . . . Map (db m31673) HM
16 Kentucky, Jefferson County, Louisville, Downtown — 1677 — Center Street C.M.E. Church / Brown Memorial C.M.E. Church
Center Street C.M.E. Church Center Street C.M.E. was outgrowth of M.E. Church South. Became first of denomination in Louisville during early 1870s and hosted 3rd General C.M.E. Conference in 1874. Under leadership of Dr. L. H. Brown, church . . . Map (db m161256) HM
17 Louisiana, Claiborne Parish, Homer — Homer College (CME) / African American Education in Louisiana
Homer College (CME) On December 15, 1879, a committee appointed by Bishop J.E. Bebee of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of America purchased 80 acres surrounding this marker for the construction of a "colored institution of learning." . . . Map (db m246516) HM
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18 Louisiana, Claiborne Parish, Lisbon — Friendship CME Church
From 1965-1937, the Friendship CME Church served as the house of worship in Claiborne Parish where the Claiborne Parish Civic League (CLPL), a local activist organization, met and organized plans to bring fair and just changes throughout the parish . . . Map (db m180149) HM
19 Louisiana, Lincoln Parish, Grambling — Sarah Jane Richmond
Sarah Jane Richmond, born in 1869, was appointed as Grambling's first Postmistress on April 16, 1907, a post she held for four years. She was also a founding member of Grambling's first Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1944. Sarah's . . . Map (db m159071) HM
20 Mississippi, Lauderdale County, Meridian — 9 — Newell Chapel CMEMeridian Civil Rights Trail
Newell Chapel CME Church was involved in Civil Rights meetings and voter registration projects. It was one of three original locations of the Head Start program. The church parsonage was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1968.Map (db m111068) HM
21 South Carolina, Richland County, Columbia, Midtown - Downtown — 40~159 — Sidney Park C.M.E. Church
(Front) Sidney Park C.M.E. Church was founded in 1886 and has been at this site since 1889. It grew out of a dispute among members of Bethel A.M.E. Church, who left that congregation and applied to join the Colored Methodist Episcopal (now . . . Map (db m54970) HM
22 Tennessee, Davidson County, Nashville, Midtown — 3A 170 — Capers Memorial CME Church
The oldest known African-American congregation in Nashville, Capers Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in a brick house near Sulphur Springs in 1832, as the "African Mission” of McKendree Methodist Episcopal Church. . . . Map (db m147462) HM
23 Tennessee, Madison County, Jackson — 4D 44 — John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
"Sonny Boy" Williamson (1914 - 1948), the music innovator responsible for the acceptance of the harmonica as an authentic blues tool, is buried in old Blair's Chapel CME Cemetery, 5 miles southwest. The most influential blues harmonica player of his . . . Map (db m51375) HM
24 Tennessee, Madison County, Jackson — 4D 40 — Mother Liberty CME Church
On December 15, 1870, in Jackson, the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The first official CME Church, "Mother Liberty," which stood one block west, was . . . Map (db m158684) HM
25 Tennessee, Obion County, Union City — 4B 40 — Mt. Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Congregation members, under the guidance of the Rev. W.E. Farmer, built Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in 1896. The oldest African American church in Union City. it is part of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church denomination, which was founded in 1870, . . . Map (db m155924) HM
26 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Binghampton — 4E 181 — Rock of Ages Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
African Americans formed the Rock of Ages Colored Methodist Episcopal congregation c. 1907. The congregation moved into a new church in 1956, when it became the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME). The name change signaled the . . . Map (db m149044) HM
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27 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Medical District — 4E 130 — First Baptist Church / Mt. Olive CME Church
(Front Side): First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church was designed by architect R. H. Hunt and built in 1906. It is constructed of yellow bricks along a Georgian-architectural style. It housed a congregation of 2,200 members . . . Map (db m55466) HM
28 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Midtown — 4E 108 — Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
A “Daughter” of Wesley Chapel (later, the First United Methodist Church), Collins Chapel was organized in 1841 and purchased this site in 1859. Names for its first pastor, J. T. C. Collins, it predates the formation of the CME . . . Map (db m63368) HM
29 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis, Orange Mound — 4E 178 — Mt. Pisgah C.M.E. Church
Mt. Pisgah, founded in 1879 by ex-slaves, is one of the oldest churches and the only Christian Methodist Episcopal (C. M. E.) Church in the Orange Mound community. The Reverend J. C. Powell served as the church's first pastor. Erected in 1929, . . . Map (db m200819) HM
30 Texas, Camp County, Pittsburg — 9808 — Saint Beulah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
The C.M.E. Church in Pittsburg was organized by the Rev. Joseph Lloyd, who came here between 1870 and 1889. The name St. Beulah was adopted after this sanctuary was constructed in 1896. The wood frame Gothic revival building has an asymmetrical . . . Map (db m201998) HM
31 Texas, Dallas County, Addison — 11840 — White Rock Chapel
Formed in the Freedman's Community of Upper White Rock (settled by former slaves from the nearby Coit, Caruth and Obier plantations), White Rock Chapel Methodist Church was organized after a meeting at the home of George Coit. Founding members . . . Map (db m148625) HM
32 Texas, Dallas County, Dallas, Cedar Crest — 18318 — Tenth Street Historic District Freedman's Town
The first African Americans to live in Oak Cliff were slaves, brought here by settlers such as William H. Hord in 1845 to work the land. The neighborhood that grew here became known as the Tenth Street District. An important African American enclave . . . Map (db m98058) HM
33 Texas, Denton County, Lewisville — 12323 — Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church
Anthony Hembry and six charter members, all former slaves, organized Lewisville Colored Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church in 1882. Lewisville had the largest African American population in Denton County and this church, called Lane Chapel after . . . Map (db m184232) HM
34 Virginia, Shenandoah County, Strasburg — 7 — Historic StrasburgStop # 7
Queen Street was originally the main road through Strasburg, used by wagons, stagecoaches and travelers up and down the Valley. For many years the road was known as the Great Road, but before white settlers, it was a trail through the vast hunting . . . Map (db m190834) HM
35 Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Williams Chapel[Christian Methodist Episcopal]
Formerly the "Old Presbyterian Church" completed in 1845, is the oldest house of worship in Front Royal.Map (db m158624) HM
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