The 169th Anniversary Celebration of Quinn Chapel AME Church, the first African American Church in the city of Chicago. From the Underground Railroad, through the Great Migration until today Quinn Chapel AME Church has served the city of Chicago as a house of worship, meeting place for all things concerning the African American community, distribution center for food, clothing, and shelter, and hosting the tough topic conversations that lead the community forward.
At 8:30 am on July 17, 2016 we will begin with a walk from Roosevelt and Michigan to the church at 24th and Wabash to commemorate the walk former slaves and freedmen took as they left the train at Roosevelt and Prairie in search of the new freedom Chicago offered.
Worship service at 10 a.m. with speaker Rev. Geneace Williams author of “Leadership Dash” and associate pastor of Dupage AME Church in Lisle, Illinois. Join us as we celebrate the likes of Frederick Douglas, Susan B Anthony, Duke Ellington, George Washington Carver, Emma Atkinson, in the sanctuary celebrating these and other leaders who were a part of Quinn’s history. Join us as we commemorate those who have paved the way: Frederick Douglas, Susan B Anthony, Duke Ellington, George Washington Carver, Emma Atkinson, and as we celebrate other leaders who have honored us with their presence at Quinn Chapel.
At 11:30a.m. we will hold facilitated discussions on the grounds, a safe place for dangerous conversations, and document input regarding our city and its future. In addition, historic experts will take us on a tour of the landmark building, and guide us on the roundtrip trolley ride from Quinn to Roosevelt.
The Reverend James M. Moody Sr., Pastor of Quinn Chapel AME church invites all to join us in reenacting what the founders experienced as they built and supported this nationally significant edifice. Our theme “What We Do Happens Here” is a constant reminder that real people with real issues come HERE and work to find answers to real life. See you on July 17!