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never fails to encourage the young people who are
anxious to rise.
The A. M. E. Church, founded by Rev. Richard
Allen, of Philadelphia, Penn., because of the spirit
of caste and race prejudice of the Protestant Church
during and after the American Revolution, has ex¬
erted a broad and unmeasured influence upon the
Negro race. From a meeting held in 1816, at Rev.
Allen's private house, has sprung surprising results.
It has 3394 churches, v>alued at $5,028,126; 660
parsonages, valued at $312,763.75, and the total
valuation of church property is $5,341,889.25. It
has a publication department, which sends out the
Christian Recorder and A. M. E. Review to thou¬
sands of people. The salaries of the editors of these
papers amount to $10,800. In 1887, the money
raised for all purposes was $1,064,569.50, with an
indebtedness of $509,113.24. Wilberforce Univer¬
sity is a noted institution controlled by the A. M. E.
Church. The influence of this church for good
among the people cannot be measured. The bish¬
ops are an extraordinary set of learned men, many
of whom are self-made, but yet are authors, orators,
linguists, theologians and scholars that will compare
favorably with the best theological brain of America.
Rev E. M. Brawley, of Charleston, S. C, is
noted especially for his sober, earnest and pious
Christian life. He is a scholarly gentleman, and