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Nineteenth-Century Church Hymnal
early 1800s

The African Methodist Episcopal Church's "Harp of Judah"
Known as the "Harp of Judah," this hymnal was used by members of an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in the early 1800s. Formally organized in 1816, the AME Church developed when a group of African Americans split off from a Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia because of discrimination. At first confined to northern states, the AME church rapidly spread throughout the South after the Civil War.

Notes
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, built in 1787, was the first A.M.E. Church.
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