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

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Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2009

Image courtesy of B. Fullington, Capital City Camera Club. View File Details Page

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. View File Details Page

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. View File Details Page

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1972

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1972

Front entrance. Image courtesy of St. James. View File Details Page

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1975

Church Bulletin. Image courtesy of St. James. View File Details Page

Street Address:

520 Method Road [map]

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RHDC, “Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church,” Raleigh Historic, accessed March 29, 2017, http://www.raleighhistoric.org/items/show/94.

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