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Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church
Washington, Warren County
The AME congregation was organized in 1860, by which time slavery had disappeared
in the state, and may have been long gone in Warren County, as there never were
many slaves here to begin with. This is the only black church in the county.
board-and-batten exterior, which still exists on the main body of the building.
The entry vestibule
is newer than the rest of the church, which was erected on North Lincoln Street
1879-1882. It sits right at the northern edge of town, which is where the black
churches, as well as the early Catholic and Methodist churches usually had to
build, as no "respectable" people would have sold them a building lot in the
heart of town.