OPENING EXERCISES OF THE SEMI-CENTENARY
Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 1874, being the day set apart for the
celebration of the Semi-Centenary of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church of this city, prayer-meeting was opened by
Bro. Robert E. Smith, at 5£ o'clock, a. m. The attendance
was large, and the spirit was good; many were the thanks of the
congregation to God for his many blessings in the past, and
r rayers for his continued favors.
At the appointed time the school was opened by singing,
" What shall the harvest be."
Prayer by Rev. Jeremiah Lewis.
Thomas E. Knox, superintendent, then made a short address
to the childien.
Prof. A. W Henson then made some appropriate remarks as
to what we should hold on to of the past, and what we should
Rev. R. A. Johnson spoke of the necessity of a great work in
the future; that the school should get the old fire of religion,
and push on to its destination.
Bro. James Mathews spoke of the difference in the opportuni¬
ties of the children now to that of his childhood.
W D. Brown told of the time when he first came to this city,
and how the children enjoyed the school.
Rev Phillip Tolliver, jr., sent a letter to the school statins
that the reason of his not being present to deliver an address,
was on account of a revival going on in his church, at Chilli-
ccthe, O.; but he wished them God-speed in the good work of
Morning services commenced at 11 o'clock, a. m., by sinsing
ti.e hymn commencing,
" 0 God, our help in ages pass,
Our hopes for years to come."
After which prayer was offered by Rev. Jeremiah Lewis.
The choir then sang an anthem, after which the Rev. B. W
Ai'nett delivered the following address: