Nevertheless, African slaves established and relied heavily on their churches. Africans retained their faith in God and found refuge in their churches.
However, white society was not always willing to accept the involvement of slaves in Christianity.
The African Church applied for membership in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.
The end of the Confederacy signaled freedom for millions of southern black slaves and prompted the emancipation of the black church.
Black people in America also supported the autonomy of their congregation to make decisions independent of larger church body.
Other early Black Church milestones included the Baptist and Episcopal denominations.
Black communities in the inner cities of the United States have traditionally differed from those in rural areas, etc. Franklin Frazier noted, "Methodist and Baptist denominations were separate church organizations based upon distinctions of color and what were considered standards of civilized behavior." Organized politically and spiritually, black churches were not only given to the teachings of Christianity but they were faithfully relied upon to address the specific issues which affected their members.