Mennonites and Quakers denounce the treatment of slaves by slaveowners.
1886 - First mission among African-American mining community
of Elk Park, in the in Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
by Mennonite Brethren from Kansas and South Dakota.
1893 - First Mennonite urban home mission is started in
1894 - The Lancaster Sunday School Mission was established
by the Lancaster Conference to witness to African-Amercans.
1897 - April 21: First known African-American members,
Robert, Mary Elizabeth, and Cloyd Carter joined Lauver Mennonite
Church, Cocolamus, PA. (Juniata District of the Lancaster Conference)
- July: Mennonite Sunday School Mission, in Paradise, PA, invited
African-American Presbyterian minister M. H. Hagler to speak
on the impoverished condition of the Welsh Mountain area. Pastor
Hagler's message inspired the founding of the Welsh Mountain
Industrial Mission the following year.
1898 - The Welsh Mountain Industrial Mission (Pennslyvania)
was established to meet the economic and spiritual needs of local
1925 - Peter Siemens went to North Carolina to plant Mennonite
Brethren churches leading to the North Carolina District of the
Mennonite Brethren Church.
1933 - An African-American is planted in Lancaster, Pennslyvania
under the name of the Lancaster Mission for the Colored.
1935 - Eastern Mennonite College's Young People's Christian
Association founded the Broad Street Mennonite Church as a missions
- July 1: The Mennonite Mission for Colored (later Diamond St.
Mennonite Church) opened in Philadelphia with help from Norris
Square Mennonite Church.
1936 - Rowena Lark assisted with summer Bible school in
Harrisonburg, Virginia, beginning the Larks broader church ministry.
1944 - The Larks were superintendents with Bible school
in Chicago, Illinois.
1946 - October 6: James H. Lark became the first ordained
African-American Mennonite minister, Bethel Mennonite Church,
1949 - General Conference Mennonite Church gave support
to the East Harlem Protestant Parish in an effort to support
interdennominational mission groups for African-Americans.
1954 - September 26: James Lark becomes bishop of Bethel
1955 - "The Way of Christian Love in Race Relations"
is adopted by the Mennonite Church.
1960 - Martin Luther King Jr. visited Goshen College as
part of relations between Mennonite leaders and King.
1961 - MCC started a Voluntary Service unit in Atlanta,
Georgia to work toward racial reconciliation.
1968 - A gathering of white pastors challenge mission
boards to become more active in urban ministry.
1969 - After the "Black manifesto", the Mennonite
Church formed the Compassion Fund to raise Mennonite giving to
minority communities and the Minority Ministries Education Fund
to train minority leaders.
1970 - Linford Hershey, former pastor of 10th Street Mennonite
in Wichita, becomesdirector of the Minority Ministries council.
1973 - The first cross-culutural youth convention was
held at Epworth Forest in Indiana.
1974 - The Minority Ministries Council is replaced by
an Associate Secretary for African-American concerns.
1982 - African-American Mennonite Association is formed
to administer the affairs and concerns of African-Americans in
the Mennonite Church.
1986 - Leslie Francisco III becomes the second African-American
Mennonite bishop commisioned in the Mennonite Church.
1997 - Dwight McFadden is affirmed moderator of the Mennonite
Church at the Mennonite convention in Orlando.