Official program of the mid-winter session of the Bishops’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church February 14, 1923

South Caroliniana Library

This item documents the 1923 meeting in Columbia, S.C., of the Bishops’ Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The session convened at Bethel A.M.E. Church, the impressive, masonry structure built in 1921 at the corner of Sumter and Taylor Streets. This publication is significant for its portraits and biographical sketches of African American ministers and their wives from around the United States.
This booklet will also interest researchers with its views of Columbia, including Allen University and its advertisements documenting local businesses that catered to the African American community. Individuals from around the country associated with the A.M.E. Church profiled include: Rev. Richard Carroll, and his wife, Mrs. Corrie J. Carroll (p. 23), of Columbia, S.C.; Rev. D.A. Perrin, a native of Greenwood, S.C., then serving as pastor at St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. (p. 24); and others.

John Anderson Lankford (1874-1945), who appears on page thirty-six, is considered one of the first registered African American architects in the United States. A native of Missouri and a resident of Washington, D.C., Lankford specialized in structures for schools, fraternal organizations, and churches. [Note that this publication spelled his name as “Langford.”]

Following his 1908 appointment as the supervising architect for projects associated with the A.M.E. Church, Lankford’s buildings rose throughout the United States. His contributions to the built environment of South Carolina include the Bethel A.M.E. Church pictured on the cover and the Chappelle Administration Building at Allen University.

– Brian J. Cuthrell
Manuscripts Division
South Caroliniana Library

Location of the Original: Forms part of the Papers of Rev. R. Carroll (1860-1929)

Read MORE:
A history of the congregation who worshipped at Bethel AME Church, whose current home is located in old Shandon at 819 Woodrow Street.

Images of the former home of Bethel A.M.E. Church on Sumter Street:

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