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· On January 12, 1818, after being legally notified, the “male” members of the society met for the purpose of choosing trustees, whose duties were to take care of the temporal affairs of the church or religious instruction.
A delegation was appointed to go to Philadelphia to see Bishop Richard Allen of The AME Church about sending a preacher for the new church and to ordain several of the delegates as local preachers. · On January 19, 1818, Peter and Benjamin Croger went before Magistrate John Garrison in Kings County Court of Common Pleas and filed a Certificate of Election.
On February 7, 1818, the Certificate of Election was approved by the Court of Common Pleas, and the FIRST African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church was incorporated in the Village of Brooklyn, State of New York.
In 1794, the congregation purchased land from wealthy landowner Joshua Sands, and built a small church, which was named The Sands Street Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church.
The congregation consisted of Caucasians, free Negroes, and ex-slaves.
The Sands Street congregation grew rapidly and needed a larger place to worship. The church was named the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Brooklyn and had a mixed congregation of fifteen hundred members.
· Between 18, the Black church membership increased rapidly causing relations between Blacks and Whites to deteriorate.
Whites wanted Blacks to pay a quarter to worship in the galleries.
They withdrew from the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Brooklyn and temporarily worshipped in each other’s homes.
· On May 14, 1817, they formed a society to raise funds to buy land to build a church, agreeing to pay 50 cents a month into a treasury for a building fund.
In the fall of 1817, a grand rally was held and the amount of 0 was collected towards the building fund.