Chalk Level C.M.E. Church, Harnett County, North Carolina. The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1870, after the U.S. Civil War, out of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South by ministers and former slaves in Jackson, Tennessee who did not want to be part of a segregated church. The word Colored was dropped in favor of Christian in 1954. In 2012 the C.M.E. Church entered full communion with other U.S. Methodist bodies, including the United Methodists, the A.M.E. and A.M.E. Zion Churches. There were about 800,000 C.M.E. members at last count. (Gerry Dincher)

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