229-37 N.4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-7788

Called "The Cradle of American Methodism", St. George's is the world's oldest Methodist church in continuous service. In keeping with William Penn's tradition of religious and racial toleration, blacks were allowed to worship at St. George's. However, black services were held separately and at five in the morning. One Sabbath in 1787 the blacks were asked to use only a balcony as a prayer area. A row ensued. This rift prompted Richard Allen, the first licensed black Methodist preacher, to leave the church and found the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Another black preacher, Absalom Jones, founded the African Protestant Episcopal Church after the rift.

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