How Old Black Churches Die

See the new St. Paul AME Story Map, Where the Dead Rise Up I was scanning aerial photography of Caroline County and saw this striking image in the landscape – above-ground crypts in a church graveyard: The 1897 map shows

Share Button

News went back to Caroline that I was shot and killed

“You know the feelings of the white people here in Delaware. Are you ready to die?” I said, None of these things move me. I never was so inspired to speak since the day I was born. And news went

Share Button

I walked 16 miles home to Tuckahoe

I walked 16 miles from Easton to my father’s. I knocked at the door and said, “Who lives here?” Father answered by saying, “Who is that?” I said,   “Me.” Then mother said, “That’s Alexander”– showing a mother never forgets her

Share Button

Who made you free?

Who made you free, young Alexander? Your enslaved father? Your freed mother? How were you free, Alexander? Free to sit beside the Tuckahoe, read holy books and toss pebbles into the water, listen to Aunt Hester’s screams on the other side? Free

Share Button

There was a colored church down by the river crossing

I remember there was a colored church in the woods down by the river. If you passed by on the road that takes you over Sandy Island Bridge into Delaware, you could hear them singing on the Sabbath.  That was

Share Button

After these Times of Trouble, the Church went down

Reverend Jeremiah Miller was jailed in Easton. He prophecied the Lord would shake the town that day. After he was driven out, the church went down in that part of Maryland, until Bishop Wayman returned and set it right.

Share Button

Deep Branch Chapel, near the place I was born

Near the place I was born, Tuckahoe, I dedicated Deep Branch Chapel. Then I hastened and got off. It’s 1874.  Here. The Legacy of A.M.E Bishop A.W. Wayman of Tuckahoe Neck, Caroline County, Maryland

Share Button

Long road back to Tuckahoe

Bishop Wayman, Do you come from Tuckahoe? Are you a son of Francis Wayman of Caroline County? I am.  And now tell me, Did Charlie and Button pull your wagon all the way from Tuckahoe to Ohio?

Share Button

His color was black

They wrote: His color was black. His features were strong. His voice was commanding, deep. His white friends in Denton always came out to hear him preach. Like-wise Generals, Governors, and Presidents. Born on the Tuckahoe, 1821 (before Fred Bailey

Share Button