The First A.M.E. Church Santa Monica will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Originally, just called the A.M.E. Church, it was founded by Richard Allen, and is the oldest Black church in the United States.
During the migration of African Americans to Santa Monica, there was a desire to form an A.M.E. church. Several families began meeting in the home of one of the future congregants in 1921.
They soon outgrew this location and moved to a larger space – the Masonic Lodge Hall on Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets in Santa Monica. After purchasing property at 19th and Michigan, construction began, and the cornerstone was laid in 1927. Many commemorative events will be taking place throughout the coming year under the leadership of current Pastor Carolyn Baskin-Bell. We will keep you posted.