The African American Methodist Heritage Center released the 2013 AAMHC calendar which highlights several essential dates in the history of African American Methodism which heavily impacted what is known today as the United Methodist Church. Some of those influential moments recorded in the calendar happened right here in Mississippi.
On January 7, 1868, the Mississippi Colored Conference organized in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The Gulfside Mississippi campground was purchased on April 16, 1923. It was incorporated January 24, 1924, and founded by Bishop Robert E. Jones who was the first Black general superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Church. December 25, 1865, also holds a special date on the historic calendar because it marked the organization of the Methodist Episcopal Mississippi Mission Conference.
More recent historic Mississippi events are chronicled as well. The calendar includes the assignment of Mississippi’s first African American bishop, Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. on July 20, 2012 and his birthday on February 2.
“Mississippi is rich in history and resources and is one of the undiscovered jewels of the south,” said Bishop Swanson. “I am honored to be part of the Mississippi United Methodist story and this calendar.”
The African American Methodist Heritage Center calendar honors the history of the Pan Methodist Commission, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ), the African Union Methodist Protestant (AUMP), the Union American Methodist Episcopal (UAME), the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) and United Methodist churches.
The calendar is $12 but is available for a special rate on bulk order of 25 or more. For more information please call (973) 408-3862.
The African American Methodist Heritage Center exists to provide research, to preserve artifacts and other memorabilia and to protect and promote the stories of Black people who have been a part of Methodism since its inception in the 1700s.