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the temple were at once made. The new place of meeting was
renovated from top to bottom. The day of entering arrived,
the arrangements were complete, and the opening was one of the
greatest ever witnessed in this city.
Elder Johnson was noted for his financial ability; he is the
most successful financer in the Ohio conference, and one of the
best in the connection; he can raise money where others will
fail. His administration was pre-eminently a success, and he
left many warm friends behind him who will ever pray for his
success wherever, in the providence of God, he may be cast.
Rev. Benjamin William Arnett was appointed here by the Ohio
Annual Conference which assembled in Zanesville, May 17th,
1873. He arrived in the city May 24th, and took charge May
Thus have we followed the rise and progress of African Meth¬
odism in the city of Cincinnati. What has been the result of
our investigations ? What are our conclusions ? Has the
organization been of any benefit to.athe community religiously,
intellectually, morally, or socially ? I think it has if we con¬
trast the house we organized in with the magnificent temple
which we now occupy. Certainly there is not a heart here which
does not beat with pride at the material progress we have made
in fifty years. Then we had nowhere to worship; and the house
we organized in was not as large as the room we now use to
hold our fuel. The Lord has done great things for us, whereof
we are glad. There is not a finer site in the city than ours,
and the accommodations are superior to any in the State, in my
The women and men who labored for the church in days past
are mostly gone to their long home; only a few of them still
remain to tell us who were the guards of honor in the past.
The following is a partial list of the useful women who have
belonged to the church, and whose names should never be
lost sight of:—
Hester King. Esther Brodie.
Margaret'Dundy. Francis Tervin.
Ann Phillips. Lottie Jones.