Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ealy Chapel CME Church

This past Sunday afternoon I attended the 97th church anniversary service of the Ealy Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Princeton, La. near Haughton. We have accounts of the church's history in our archives.

Ealy Chapel had its beginning in 1915 as a brush arbor on Lizzie Ealy’s land, which she provided to other members of Fillmore C.M.E (now Wesley Chapel C.M.E) who found it difficult to travel by wagon or foot to Fillmore for night services. The subsequent Ealy Chapel moved to a location more accessible to automobiles in the 1940’s and remained on the “Fillmore Circuit” with Wesley C.M.E. until 1970, when it became a separate church. Two years later the congregation dedicated its present-day Princeton Road building.

I was invited to the service by the 91-year-old granddaughter of Lizzie Ealy, Ms. Meverlean Moore, who holds the church’s memory and with whom I have conducted oral history interviews. If your church in Bossier Parish has a written history to pass along, we would love to place it in our archives. Or, if you know a long-term member who holds the church’s institutional memory, we may interview them for our oral history collection.

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