Shorter Chapel adds new sign to kick off sesquicentennial

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On Sunday, May 6, Shorter Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church unveiled a new sign kicking off the church’s sesquicentennial year. 

The A.M.E. Church is the oldest African-American church in the United States. It was founded by Richard Allen in 1836 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shorter Chapel was organized in 1868 and named for James Alexander Shorter, who was the ninth elected bishop. 

In 1925, the church relocated to its current location in the historic Natchez community on the corner of Natchez Street and Fowlkes Street in Franklin. 

Shorter Chapel is listed on the National and Tennessee Historic Registries.

The theme of the sesquecentennial celebration is “The Shorter Chapel Story: 150 Years Anchored, Rooted and Grounded in Faith and Love.”

The main events include a gospel concert on Aug. 5, an Awards Gala on Aug. 10 and a morning worship on Aug. 12.

For information about the August events, call 615-790-6611 or email

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