St. Paul, Columbus, receives Ohio Historical Marker : LUSENET : A.M.E. Today Discussion : One Thread

On Sunday, July 13, a large colorful, metallic (cast aluminum, I think) marker was unveiled at St. Paul AME, Columbur, recognizing it as the oldest black congregation in the city - dating back to 1823, which was before Columbus was incorporated as a city.

The marker recognizes several of the church's ministries, e.g., Prison Ministry, Jam 'n Jefferson Park (outdoor festival), Drama Ministry, and others.

Among the community leaders who were in attendance: the first African American Lt. Governor, Jennette Bradley, and the first African American Mayor, Michael B. Coleman, who spoke of St. Paul's rich history and its outreach programs.

The youngest City Councilman and member of St. Paul, Kevin Boyce, presided over the dedication. Also, in attendance were Catherine Willis who initiated St. Paul's involvement in receiving the marker in celebration of the Ohio Bicentennial and Brad Long of the Ohio Historical Society. Others in attendance were Council persons Patsy Thomas and Michael Mentel.

St. Paul is where it is today because of our ancestors and elders. One of our special seniors, Mrs. Dorothy Penn Goins, age 103, was assisted by Mayor Coleman in unveiling the marker. Mrs. Goins is in good health and is quite often present in the morning services. She takes a certain amount of pride in saying she "takes no medicines" and gives God credit for her long and useful life.

You can read the entire dedication program on the church's website, and click on Bulletin Announcements at the top of the page, then scroll to Dedication...Historical Marker.

-- Anonymous, July 19, 2003

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