November 2, 2007

Old Pisgah United Methodist Church

When Tallahassee became the capital of the territory of Florida in 1824, circuit-riding Methodist ministers descended on the region to bring the good news. Built in 1858 by Methodist Episcopal missionaries from South Carolina, Pisgah Church evokes the Florida connected by faith, agriculture, and blood to the rest of the antebellum South. After the Civil War, freed slaves who had attended this and other churches around Tallahassee founded their own African Methodist Episcopal Churches--like St. Phillip AME, founded in 1891. They became cultural and political rallying sites through the civil rights movement, drawing inspiration from their proud ancestry.

You can be sure that in Iowa, New Hampshire, and above all South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidates are making the rounds on Sunday to AME churches, trying to secure the black community's vote.

With your back to the church, a view of the church lane off Centerville Road.

White women sat on one side of the church, men the other. Slaves sat in the galleries.

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