THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE EDUCATIONAL
WORK OF THE A. M. E. CHURCH.
BY REV. J. I. LOWE, D. D.
The A. M. E. Church was born of stern necessity, and
rocked in the cradle of persecution and oppression. Dur-
ing the first 25 or 30 years of its existence, it struggled be-
tween life and death. From November, 1787 to April,
1816, which was the period between the birth and organ-
ization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was
a period of very great importance to every true African
Methodist, and in fact, it is an important period in the his-
tory of the Negro in America.
The founders of African Methodism, inspired with the
spirit of Christian manhood, and a desire to worship God
under their own vine and fig tree, there none could molest
and make them afraid, believing that God is no respecter
of persons, but that in every nation, they that fear God
and work righteousness are accepted of him, began the
work of establishing an organization of Christian worship,
where they could serve God without fear of being molested,
and after years of bitter persecution and oppression, suc-
ceeded in the organization of the African Methodist Epis-
copal Church, in the year of 1816.
It has been often said that the Fathers built wiser than
they knew, but a review of their work in the organization
of the A. M. E. Church, reveals the fact that they pos-
sessed a very fair knowledge of the magnitude and im-
portance of their work--and laid a foundation deep and
wide, and once began the formation of the Departments
necessary for making the church--that would be an im-