LI’s AME churches share 200 years of history at museum event

For more than two centuries, African Methodist Episcopal churches on Long Island have been refuges from discrimination, and islands of autonomy.

On Saturday, members of the 13 AME churches on the Island gathered at the African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead to share their histories and pray to God for guidance in moving forward.

“This is important because it gives us an opportunity to build community among the people, and it helps us to understand that we’re pretty much all the same, and that we have a rich heritage,” said the Rev. Evelyn Miller-Suber, pastor of First Hempstead AME Church and the organizer of Saturday’s event, which was the first of its kind, local church leaders said.

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