African-American Churches in DeKalb County- Antioch AME Church

Antioch AME Church From Dec Dek New Ears


Before the Civil War, many slaves had belonged to their owners’ church where they were taught scripture and baptized. After the war, encouraged by their newfound independence, the newly freed slaves began constructing their own places of worship. Founded in 1868 during the Reconstruction period, Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church became among the first African-American churches in DeKalb County. In time of uncertainty and adjustment during the aftermath of the Civil War, many African-American churches provided a sense of community among the newly freed slaves. Antioch served as center for this community in DeKalb County, holding many conventions and putting on social and political events during its history. Continue reading “African-American Churches in DeKalb County- Antioch AME Church”