28 Historical and Semi-Centennial Address
for God and the race. He was the official reporter of the Fif¬
teenth General Conference of the A. M. E. Church, which
assembled at Nashville, Tenn.
Rev. Henry J. lroung, D. D., was appointed pastor of Allen
Chapel from the conference which met in Lexington, Ky April 7,
1867. He labored hard during the time he was here and the Lord
blessed his works, and many were added to the church. He
also bought a lot on North street, and started a parsonage on it.
The house has since been finished, and the property has increased
in value. He repainted the chapel, and made a complete change
in the whole pulpit. He was a great worker in the Sunday
school, and his influence was felt there and in the whole city.
He was noted for his songs of praise, and often said that what
he could not preach he would sing. He was here until the sum¬
mer of 1S68; from here he went to Louisville and staid some
time; then he was appointed general-endowment agent of Wil¬
berforce University. He was in charge of St. James Church in
New Orleans, La. ; from there he went to Bethel Church, Phila¬
delphia, Pa., and remained there one year; from thence he went
to New York, where he is now.
Thomas E. Knox, local preacher, was put in charge of the
church after the transfer of Elder Young to the Kentucky con¬
ference. He held the charge for several months, when he was
relieved by Rev. E. S. W Hammond, who was transferred from the
Baltimore conference. The first Sunday after his appointment,
he was ordained deacon by Bishop D. A. Payne. Elder Ham¬
mond worked faithfully, and was a man of much culture. He
finished the parsonage during his administration, and was gener¬
ally popular. The Annual Conference of Ohio met in this city
during his administration.
Rev. Robert A. Johnson was appointed by the Ohio Annual
Conference, which met in Xenia in May, 1870. When he came
to the church his wife was quite ill; she soon afterward died, in
the triumphs of faith and in the hope of a blissful immortality.
He went to his pastoral labors with all that power which was so
characteristic of him. With the trustees, he went to work to
negotiate the sale of the old Allen Chapel. They were finally
successful in arranging for the purchase of the Jewish synagogue,
the old chapel being taken as part of the consideration. The
sale being finally accomplished, preparations for the removal to