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St. James A.M.E. Church
grew out of door-to-door class meetings that started in 1877.
1882, the church was formally organized and was located on Chestnut Street between First and Second
Streets. The church remained at this location for a short period. It was moved
to Patterson Avenueand Fourth Street
where it remained until 1886.
A building was erected on Third
Street between Maple Street and Ridge Avenue in 1888.
1892, property was purchased on Seventh and Ogburn Streets. A
weatherboard building was built on this site, in 1903 and a new church was built and the cornerstone was laid in 1904. The Winston-Salem Redevelopment Commission requested (1963) the Seventh and
Ogburn Streets site for Urban Renewal and the North-South Expressway. Services
were temporarily held in the ClevelandAvenueHousingCommunity Center. In
1964, the present site was purchased from the Lee Memorial Presbyterian Church
congregation at 1501 North
Patterson Avenue and the corner of 15th
James African Methodist Episcopal Church is a member of the Western North
Carolina Annual Conference in the Second Episcopal District.