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St. Stephens Colored Methodist Church Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

549 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 04/1986. Last revised 06/2020.

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EXTENT: 1 item

DATE: 1928

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The St. Stephens Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Records includes a deed for land purchased by what was then called the St. Stephens colored Methodist Church South on the east side of Chase Alley, Winchester, VA, on September 20, 1928.  The current name of the church is St. Stephens CME Church (Christian Methodist Episcopal Church).

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was organized on December 16, 1870 in Jackson, Tennessee by former enslaved persons of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It was originally known as the colored Methodist Episcopal Church until 1950, when it became the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The St. Stephens CME Church in Winchester continues to meet, but has moved from its original location to a church building on Maple Street.  

CITE AS: St. Stephens Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Records, 549 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Deeds photocopied from court records by Archives staff.



Deed – colored Methodist Episcopal Church, lot on east side of Chase Alley, September 20 1928, Winchester Deed Book. manuscript (photocopy) 48, page 25, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

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