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Worshippers at Central Chapel A.M.E. held hands and formed a circle around the perimeter of the church on a recent Sunday. The church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. All members of the Yellow Springs community are invited to anniversary events, including an anniversary worship service this Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., featuring guest speaker Dr. Michael Brown of Payne Theological Seminary. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

Worshippers at Central Chapel A.M.E. held hands and formed a circle around the perimeter of the church on a recent Sunday. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

Celebrate with Central Chapel A.M.E.

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Central Chapel A.M.E. in Yellow Springs is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year! Festivities begin with an anniversary worship service this Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. Rev. Michael Brown of Payne Theological Seminary is the guest speaker. All members of the Yellow Springs community are invited.

The church was founded in 1866, and has been located for nearly all of its 150 years at the corner of S. High and Davis streets. Social justice and “speaking up for those at the margins” are among the deepest commitments of its ministry, according to Central Chapel’s current pastor, Rev. Dwight Smith. The church housed students from Prince Edward County, Va., in the 1960s when schools there were closed to resist integration, for example, and its annual Martin Luther King Jr. march and celebration, started in the 1990s, is a joyous, community-wide event.

The national A.M.E. church is also celebrating an anniversary this year, its 200th. The church is African in heritage, but open to all, according to Rev. Smith.

Read more about Central Chapel’s rich past and present in the Feb. 11 issue of the News.

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