BALTIMORE — A chunk of Baltimore’s historical past turns 200 on Sunday.

St. James Episcopal Church was thought of the primary consecrated episcopal church with an African American congregation within the South, in keeping with Doug Donovan, media individual for Johns Hopkins.

On Sunday morning, churchgoers commemorated the event with a particular church service.

“It is an honor come right here right this moment to say congratulations. Congratulations for what? For being devoted via good instances and troublesome instances. To be brave on this group, to carry down this nook of Lafayette Street,” mentioned Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.

“Not solely due to you, however the ones that got here earlier than us. We stand on their shoulders. They are those that prayed till we acquired right here; they’re those that stored preaching earlier than we acquired right here. For that is St. James [Episcopal Church], the place you will have the chance on the identical time to look again from the place you got here, a wealthy historical past and wealthy heritage, and on the identical time look forward for what’s forward.”

According to the church’s web site, the church was based by William Levington in 1827.

In addition to the mass, the church additionally hosted a gala on Friday at Martin’s West.