Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: St. Stephen's AME Church in Sandusky

According to volume 2 of the  Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, the St. Stephen's AME Church was begun in 1866 in the home of Benjamin Brown, In 1879, this church was built by men of the church, some of whom had been slaves before moving to Ohio. Beautiful windows are located in each of the two towers of the church.

This cornerstone is found on the front of the church. Though covered by ivy, the date of 1879 is visible on the left side of the cornerstone. The year 1922 and name of W.S. Amos is found on the right side of the cornerstone. I am reasonably sure that the church must have been renovated in 1922, when W.S. Amos was in leadership.

This church building has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. It is still in operation today. In the 1870s, Rev. Thomas Holland Brown was the minister of the St. Stephen AME Church.

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