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  Baptists organize African-American Sunday School
Brief Description:  In March 1818, John Mason Peck and James Welch organized a Sunday school in the Village of St. Louis, which eventually became the First African Baptist Church. Slaves are allowed to attend with permission from their owners. About 90 students of all ages attend, with black teachers aiding in the work. In 1827, a brick church was erected and was organized as an independent congregation. In 1827, John Berry Meachum took command of the church. It is now known as the First Baptist Church and is the oldest church for blacks in St. Louis [Ravensway, 181-183].
Year:  1818
Decade:  1810 - 1819
Beginning Date:     Mar. 01, 1818
Ending Date:     Mar. 31, 1818

Meachum, John Berry

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