African American Heritage Trail

St. Paul AME

 

7. St. Paul AME Church
 

251-253 North Upper Street

This most important landmark was an outgrowth of the Hill Street Methodist Church--a place where white slaveholders and overseers gave instructions to African slaves.  Around 1826, a small brick building was constructed on North Upper.  Throughout the 20th century, the African Methodist Episcopal Church sustained its role as an active and positive force in the community.  African American war mothers met here during World War II (1939-1945). Mrs. Lucy Harth Smith, a well-known educator in the city, was a participant in those historic meetings.

Historic Church

Photo courtesy of 
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau