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· 1760 Richard Allen born, February 14

· 1786  Richard Allen joins St. George's Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia,
  a mostly white congregation

· 1787  Richard Allen and Absalom Jones establish the Free African Society in
  Philadelphia, April

· 1794  Absalom Jones becomes pastor of St. Thomas African Episcopal Church, July 

· 1794  Richard Allen becomes pastor of church that later known as
  Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

· 1799  Richard Allen is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church

· 1809  Female preacher, Jarena Lee answers call to ministry

· 1816  African Methodist Episcopal Church denomination formed when
  Bethel A.M.E Church joins with other black Methodist churches

· 1816  Richard Allen consecrated first Bishop, April 10 in Philadelphia

· 1819  Jarena Lee begins ministry as an itinerant preacher

· 1830  Bishop Richard Allen holds first National Negro Convention  meeting at Bethel

· 1831  Bishop Richard Allen dies, March 26

· 1856  Bishop Daniel Payne establishes Wilberforce University in Ohio as the first
  institution of higher learning begun by African Americans in the United States

· 1881  Morris Brown University, Atlanta Georgia established

· 1881  Paul Quinn College, Waco Texas established

· 1881  A.M.E Journal founded; oldest journal owned and published by blacks in the world

· 1884  Membership reaches 400,000

· 1896  Membership reaches 450,000

· 1989  Membership reaches 2.2 million

· 2000  Rev. Vashti McKenzie elected first female bishop

· 2002  Rev. Floyd Flake becomes president of Wilberforce University

· Motto of A.M.E Church, "God our Father, Christ our Redeemer, Man our Brother"

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