Free African Society
The Free African Society was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones and others in 1787. It was organized to establish a place of worship for blacks and also as a mutual aid society. It combined social, political and religious purposes. It was the first Black institution of its kind in America. The Free African Society's most important impact was that it led to the establishment of the first independent Black Churches in the United States.
by Aslaku Berhanu
Allen, Richard. “Autobiography of Richard Allen.” Wright, Richard R. The Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Nashville: The A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1963. 46-76.