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Center Street Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church

The Center Street Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the first of its denomination in Louisville, KY, was led by several pastors, including Bishop Miles in the late 1860s and J. W. Bell in the 1870s.

The church was host to the 3rd CME General Conference in 1874. In 1904, the church was moved and renamed the Chestnut Street CME Church. The church was renamed again in 1954: Brown Memorial CME Church. The church, located at 809 W. Chestnut Street in Louisville, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more see the entry for marker #1677 in the Kentucky Historical Marker Database (search by the the marker number).

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Item Relations

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NKAA Entry: Miles, William Henry

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NKAA Entry: Bell, J. W.
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“Center Street Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 19, 2024,

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