Sunday Snapshot: St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church, Ottawa, Kansas


One of the things that I love about older parts of small towns is the fact that all aspects of daily life–grocery stores, churches, and schools–were enveloped into their neighborhoods. While driving down Oak Street in Ottawa, we discovered an old A.M.E. church nestled between two houses.

St. Paul's A.M.E. Church in Ottawa, Kansas.

St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church in Ottawa, Kansas.

Cornerstone

“Corner Stone of A.M.E. Church, laid by W. D. Matthews, G. M. of M. of King Solomon, G. L. F. & A. M. of Kans., July 22, A. L. 5879, A. D. 1879”

Rebuilded cornerstone

A second cornerstone indicates that the church has been rebuilt. “Rebuilded A. D. 1919, Laid by H. L. Monroe, G. M. & Corinthian LOCDE No 12. A.F. & A.M. April 25, 1920, A. J. Sanders, Pastor.”

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