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African Americans in Erie County: A Trail of Shared Heritage #13

KayAnn Warner

Friday Feb 11th, 2022

For the month of February, the Hagen History Center will be recognizing African Americans in Erie County: A Trail of Shared Heritage (The Trail).

Trail #13: St. James African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church – 236 E. 11th Street, Erie With roots in Jerusalem that extended to 1844, St. James A.M.E. Church is the oldest African American congregation in Erie. Originally Wesleyan Methodist, the church provided refuge to runaway slaves early on, and decades later a meeting place for the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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African Church
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St. James AME

 For the month of February, Hagen History Center will be recognizing African Americans in Erie County: A Trail of Shared Heritage (The Trail).

The Trail is a community history project that dates back to 2013, that continues to inspire us about Erie’s Black History. Hagen History Center planned to present multiple images for each stop on the Trail, but then realized our collections lack visual materials for a few of the stops.

To help us rectify this, we are inviting readers to become Citizen Archivists.

A Citizen Archivist is a term coined in 2010 by the National Archives and describes a virtual volunteer who helps professional archivists by locating and uploading relevant information, tagging, and adding metadata to already established online archives.

Click the link for the Trail, and if you happen to have documents, photographs, maps, or other images associated with a trail number, send us a message on social media! We will be posting a few times a week, so stay tuned!