Filed Under African American

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church

This Gothic Revival brick church was built by a congregation founded in 1873. It is located in the Method community, a post-Civil War freedman’s village since enveloped by Raleigh's growth. The stylish exuberance of its brick detailing is unusual for rural African American church buildings, and stands as a symbol of this proud community’s aspirations. The building is well-preserved and retains original features on the exterior, including its corner tower, pointed-arch (lancet) doorways and stained-glass windows, sawtooth and rowlock belt courses, and diamond-shaped stone lozenges decorating the façade buttresses.

Date: 1923

Images

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009 Image courtesy of B. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club.
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009 Grave of Berry O'Kelly. Image courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives.
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975 Church Bulletin. Image courtesy of St. James.
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1972
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1972 Front entrance. Image courtesy of St. James.
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975
Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975 Joseph C. Alwater, long time Sunday School Superintendent, at the side entrance. Image courtesy of St. James.

Location

520 Method Road

Metadata

RHDC, “Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church,” Raleigh Historic, accessed April 15, 2024, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/94.