ABOUT US

 
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HISTORY

The Cowdensville African Methodist Episcopal Church is located at the intersection of Sulphur Spring and Shelbourne Roads, it has been the focal point of the community since the mid 19th century.  Founded in 1857, the congregation originally worshipped in a private home on Garrett Avenue.  The 1870 census list Rev. Stephen Boyd as Minister at the AME Church.  When slavery ended many blacks remained in Cowdensville where they had already established their own community and their own church.  Cowdensville Chapel was used as a school with children coming from Halethorpe, Avalon, and Winan’s Row to seek an education.

 

In 1904, church members of five Cowdensville families (the John Browns, the Fletchers, the Garretts, the Matthews and the Williams) purchased the ground and built the new Church at Sulphur Spring and Shelbourne Roads.  Members of the community provided materials and labor and in May 1907, the church was completed.  Cowdensville continues to be a beacon of light as it serves the community as the oldest area church.  Throughout its history, the church has provided spiritual guidance and a foundation for the social and cultural life of the community.  In September 1968, the new cornerstone was laid during the pastorate of Rev. Seawood Blackstone. Due to the Church being condemned in 1997, the congregation worshipped at St. John’s United Church of Christ for five years

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