Remarkable Ohio


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17-42 Wayman Chapel AME Church

Side A: Wayman Chapel was dedicated in 1874 as part of Ohio’s Third District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The first Black church in Knox County, it began in 1870 under the guidance of Rev. James A. Ralls. The congregation met in local homes and church basements until completing their red brick church at 102 West Ohio Avenue in 1876. Additions made 1947-1948 included an upgraded facade. For more than a century, Wayman Chapel provided an educational, cultural, and spiritual hub for its members as well as the wider Black community of Mt. Vernon.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: Kenyon College, Knox County Historical Society, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Shepherd’S House Church of the Nazarene, Ohio History Connection
Address: 103 West Ohio Avenue, 
Mt. Vernon, 
Location: Shepherd’s House Church of the Nazarene
Latitude: 40.3907477
Longitude: -82.4874647