Historic church celebrates 200 years in Baltimore County

The gray stone church in Oella with a pointed steeple has services on Sundays, a dedicated band of members and roots stretching back to the late 18th Century, when a landowner’s widow gave the land to her former slaves.

On Saturday, the congregation of Mt. Gilboa African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated a milestone, the bicentennial of its association with the A.M.E. church. Mt. Gilboa, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is believed to be the oldest African American church still in use in Baltimore County.

“Mt. Gilboa has remained that kind of place of stability and worship for the community. Its been a social center, historically, for the African Americans in that community,” said Rev. Dr. Anita J. Gould, who has worked to strengthen the…

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