Nov 12, 2006

Country Churches: Saint James AME

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church of Gravel Hill, Maryland can trace its history all the way back to emancipation days and beyond. (This is how I write when I've misplaced my notes - vaguely!) The community of Gravel Hill (near Havre de Grace in Harford County) sent many of its sons off to fight for the Union and many of them are buried at Saint James. I love the church building; while it sprawls in the back, the front presents an unostentatious appearance for a building of such historic importance. It's refreshing to know that Christian modesty hasn't been entirely abandoned here in the US of A.