First AME Church of Los Angeles, the city’s oldest church founded by African Americans, will celebrate its 147th Anniversary on Sunday, May 19. Former members and friends have been invited to attend this “homecoming” celebration.
Pastor J. Edgar Boyd announced that the preachers for the day will be the Rev. Dwaine A. Jackson, pastor of Bryant Temple AME Church, at the 7:45 a.m. service and Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the AME Church’s Fifth Episcopal District, at the 9:55 a.m. service.
The Rev. Dr. Mary S. Minor, pastor of Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church and a former FAME associate minister, will bring the message at 12 p.m.
The public is invited to attend all services. The church is located at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles.
Biddy Mason, a former slave, founded FAME Church. Over the years, the congregation has grown to include several dozen ministries that reach people throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Additionally, FAME Assistance Corporation, the non-profit arm organized after the 1992 civil unrest, continues to provide housing and much-needed services to community residents.