African Methodist Episcopal Church (Fountain Chapel), in collaboration with African Descent society British Columbia, are pleased to announce the celebration of African Methodist episcopal Church 1918-2018.
The cerebration is the result of 1958 urban renewal projects and construction of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaduct in Downtown East Side, by the city council of Vancouver that destroyed the church and african community.
Civil Rights Lawyer Julialynne Walker, president of Pan African Congress of North America and international civil rights acclaimed speaker from USA whose life story is nothing short of magical as defender of Human Rights and social justice will be among the many guest speakers including members of Parliament, MLA, Councillors, civil rights, community activists and religious leaders who will be attending this event on the 24th, February, 2019.
Grand restoration and celebration of 100 years of African Fountain Chapel Church in a historical Strathcona first African Descent Community is responsibility of all community and the City to fulfill the need for relevant historical and heritage first place of worship for people of African Descent in Vancouver since 1918 to 1976 onwards. A place in the community which allowed community members walk to worship services without facing prejudices, discriminations and hardship issues and only church purchased by People of African Descent in Vancouver
Today, many families of African Descent struggling to find cultural and spiritual places of their own for worship rent and acquisition of new places of worship to call home is very hard in Vancouver. The members of African Descent Community with support of African Methodist Episcopal Church in USA came together to reopen the Church with help of community members. This is a great evangelistic and outreach ministry restoration as spread of good news of Jesus to the community as well as extending the mission of feeding the poor community outreach, social justices, poverty advocacy, homelessness and so many other social issues affecting people of African Descent and other communities in Vancouver.
The presence of people of African Descent in the Strathcona area of Vancouver has a history that dates to the early 1900s.
In 1918, the African descent people all came together to raise money purchase this church through marching fund from African Methodist Episcopal Church of AMERICA. The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Fountain Chapel church at 823 Jackson Ave. signalled the formation of a well-organized black community.
The church was the product of fundraising efforts initiated by prominent members of this growing community such as Nora Hendrix, who was honoured on the Black History Month Canada Post stamp in 2014.
Recognised as heritage site by the City heritage commission as 1994/11/2, listed in the Canadian register: 2008/12/12. The fountain chapel is an important heritage value to located at Jackson and prior street of Vancouver Strathcona neighbourhood where it stand as a symbol of racism and discrimination of negro removal by city wide urban renewal back in 1958.
AME was abandoned and run away members of the community in 1972 construction of Georgia and Dunsmir Viaduct due clearance of blighted community by the City planners.
1. Pastor Andrew Mutuma
African Methodist Episcopal Church
2. Yasin Kiraga Misago
African Descent Society British Columbia