On February 14, 1760, 255 years ago today, Richard Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1794 he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church the first independent black denomination in the United States. He opened his first AME church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Allen focused on organizing a church where free African Americans could worship without racist remarks and where slaves could worship without worrying what their owners were thinking. He organized Sunday schools and taught young slaves how to read. In the midst of the terrible treatment that our black brothers and sisters received during this time period, God raised men up like Richard Allen to lead and to preach the gospel.