“Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”


History is alive, and well, and living in the present. 

Daily we live the outcomes of actions from the distant past.

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The Historical Black Church Movement commemorates the past with the observance of Liberation Sunday, that historic day, the 3rd Sunday in November of 1787, when Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others lead a walkout of Philadelphia’s St. George Methodist Church in protest, declaring their God-given right to worship in freedom and dignity. That action, more than two centuries ago, served as a catalyst, further igniting the Movement of Black people to establish their own congregations and denominations.

~Mother  Bethel AME Church ~

~ African Episcopal Church of Saint Thomas ~

~Holsey Temple CME Church~

~Tindley Temple United Methodist Church~

The inaugural commemoration of Liberation Sunday was officiated by Bishop Jeffrey Leath at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the 3rd Sunday of November 1997, as a unifying call for Black churches in the 21st Century and beyond.

Philadelphia, a founding city of the nation, is the site of many of the early churches. Some previously participating in the Historical Black Church Movement's annual Liberation Sunday observance are shown here.

~First African Presbyterian Church~

~Saint Mark Lutheran Church~

~Union American ME Church~

~Mother African Zoar United Methodist Church~