St. Paul AME Church
St. Augustine Florida
St Paul AME Church
The first AME church in St Augustine was organized June 4 1873 by a few men. A room measuring ten
by twelve feet was erected by Rev Richard James, assisted by his son Lawrence James and used for a
church. As the membership increased the building was made larger.

During 1888 an offer was made to the congregation by a building and loan company to erect a church
that would reflect credit on the growing membership. Feeling that they could well afford to take upon
themselves larger responsibilities, the pastor Reverend J. H. Hill and the officers contracted with this
company for a lot on School Street and for the building of a commodious stone church. This building cost
$3,000, payable on terms. About 12 yrs later, the church was taken over by the building and loan
company and sold because of the delinquency in payments. The members then held services in the
Colored Excelsior High School; they remained there for a year and then moved to the Ladies Auxiliary
Hall, where they remained one month under the pastorate of Rev Williams. Permission was obtained
from the colored Catholic church and a tent was erected on the Catholic church grounds; services were
held in it until Rev Williams, the pastor, proposed that they again buy a new church. This was agreed
upon and $1,000 was raised and a lot was purchased Jan 4, 1904 on Central Avenue between St
Francis and DeHaven Streets. By Aug 3 1904, the beautiful red brick building which now stands and
which is called New St. Paul A.M.E. Church was erected on this ground at a cost of $3,570.

Colored Services. (St. Augustine Evening Record, January 6, 1900)
Tomorrow at St. Paul M. E. Church (colored), Lincolnville, Rev. A. E. Hubbard, pastor, tomorrow will
be as follows:
Sunday school 9 a.m.; Love Feast 11 a.m.; Sacrament of the Lord's Super at 3 p.m. Special sermon by
the pastor at 8 p.m. Subject: "New Year's Appeal."  All are welcome.
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