St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, founded by Fr. Absalom Jones after he and his friend Richard Allen led followers in walking out of St. George’s Methodist Church one Sunday, when the White church tried to spring racial segregation on them. They established the Free African Society, a mutual aid association, built their own church and applied to the Episcopal diocese for membership. Bishop William White admitted the new church and ordained Absalom Jones, while Richard Allen founded his own denomination, the venerable African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Episcopal News Service)

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, one of the most prominent African-American parishes in the Episcopal Church, was founded by Absalom Jones in 1792. Philadelphia was the leading city for free blacks in America then with over 2000 residents. (Episcopal News Service)

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