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St. Paul African Methodist-Episcopal (A.M.E.) 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

552 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff on 04/2003. Last Revised 04/2022

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet.

DATES: 1867-present

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains a claim, deeds, newsletters, bulletins, notes, and photographs pertaining to the St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church of Winchester, VA.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: St. Paul was organized in 1867 in the home of Randolph and Katherine Martin. The church is located at 428 N. Loudoun Street, where it was first erected in 1887.  The initial land purchase was from Mr. Josh Barnett.  In February 1986, the Winchester Historical Society recognized it as a historical site. St. Paul AME celebrated its 150th Anniversary in February 2017.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:  Carr, Clay B. Historical Sketches of Places of Worship – Winchester and Frederick County Virginia. Winchester, VA: Winchester Printers, Inc., 1988.

CITE AS: St. Paul’s African Methodist-Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church Records, 552 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Anniversary – 119th St. Paul AME Church, Winchester, VA – 1986

Anniversary – 129th St. Paul AME Church, Winchester, VA – 1996, 39 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Anniversary—150th St. Paul AME Church, Winchester, VA – 2017; 7 items, printed

June 2000; unnumbered leaves, printed

Building/Electrical Assessment – June 2000, unnumbered, printed

Building Plans, Fundraising, folder contains the following: 1965 - 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy), 2000 – 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Dedication of the Organ – Sept. 24, 1972, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Directory of Winchester—Includes St. Paul A.M.E. Church; 7 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Family Day Celebration, 6 pages, 3 leaves (folder contains the following):
            Martin Family Day Celebration program, June 25, 2017
            Stephenson Family Day Celebration program, June 25, 2017

History – 1 page, printed; 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

History Notes – unnumbered items

“Memories of Church Life,”  a poem by Jenna Gaye Cary Payton Warren (March 2017); 1 leaf, printed

News articles, unnumbered items

Newsletters, unnumbered items

Photographs, unnumbered items (photocopy)

Pillars of Love Awards Banquet program, July 27, 2019, contains biographical sketches of 10 leaders or “pillars of love” in our community, 20 pages, printed

Programs, unnumbered items (photocopy)



Deed of trust - African Methodist Episcopal Church, lot on the east side of Loudoun Street on Fort Hill, October 19, 1867, Winchester Deed Book 11, page 369, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

Deed - African Methodist Episcopal Church, conveying part of lot on which church was built to Joshua Barnett, January 1, 1876, Winchester Deed Book 14, page 452, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

Claim - African Methodist Episcopal Church, for plastering building east side of Main Street on Fort Hill, $25.10, January 6, 1890, Winchester Deed Book 20, page 396, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy)

Deed - St. Paul African M. E. Church, to Joshua Barnett, for strip from Main Street to alley on Fort Hill, May 16, 1898, Winchester Deed Book 23, page 196, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Deed of trust - African M. E. Church, east side of Loudoun Street on Fort Hill, January 10, 1899, Winchester Deed Book 23, page 334, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Deed of trust - St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, lot and church building, east side of North Main Street, July 31, 1912, Winchester Deed Book 29, page 345, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

"The Spirit" - newsletter, 3 issues, 1986-1987, printed; and Robert P. Johnson Scholarship brochure, 1986, 8 pages, printed

PHOTOGRAPHS:  Photographs and other images belonging to this collection may be accessed online through