Women at Brown Chapel

Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in Walnut Hills in 1862. The organizing congregation, called the “first class” of the Church, included as many women as it did men: Hannah Bridgett, Eliza James, Julia Braxton, Mary Jordan, Catherine Clay, Susan Clay, Mary King, Martha Mitchell, Nancy Mitchell, Ellen Ann Mendel, Lydia Mundel, Celia[…]

Benjamin W. Arnett

Benjamin W. Arnett, a free African American born in Pennsylvania in 1838, moved to Walnut Hills in 1867 to pastor Brown Chapel, the AME church organized in educator Peter Clark’s home. Arnett stayed at Brown Chapel through 1870; he occupied many pulpits in Ohio, including long service at Cincinnati’s much larger Allen Temple at Sixth[…]

Early Black Churches

African American families began moving to Walnut Hills in the 1850’s. Dangerfield Earley, reported as the sixth Black resident, organized the First Church of Walnut Hills in 1856, a mixed Baptist and Methodist-Episcopal congregation. By 1862, the Methodist-Episcopal part of the congregation, organized by Peter Clark who lived on Kemper Street (now Yale), formed a[…]