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Shorter African Methodist Episcopal Church Records

Identifier: ARL143

Scope and Contents

Accession contains photographs, service programs, Shorterite newsletters, flyers, calendars, sheet music, planning records, sketches, and anniversary ephemera.


  • 1952-2016

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Founded 1868 Address: 3100 Richard Allen court, Denver, Colo. Shorter Community AME Church, organized in July 1868, by Bishop Thomas M.D. Ward, was the first African-American Church established in Colorado. The Church has grown from a log cabin erected on the lots at the corner of 19th and Hollladay Streets (now Market Street) to its current locations, "Freedom Crossroads", Martin Luther King Boulevard and Richard Allen Court.

Shorter Community AME Church is currently located at the intersection of Freedom Crossroads. The effort to move from 23rd and Cleveland Place was initiated in the 1970's under the leadership of Rev. Carter. The first services in the Shorter Education Center, our temporary sanctuary, were held July 11, 1981.

The ground-breaking ceremony for our permanent sanctuary was held in the fall of 1988. The permanent sanctuary was completed in June 1990 with the dedication services being held during the month.

Shorter currently owns and operates the Richard Allen Center Corporation, Richard Allen Gardens-Senior and Handicapped Housing Facilities, Bishop Richard Allen Center-Community Classroom and Meeting Facility.

Other property owned and managed by Shorter AME is the Shorter Arms Low Resource and Handicapped Housing Facility.

Every pastor of Shorter has served to help affect early liquidation of debts on church property has been actively involved in church and community concerns and has led in the spiritual growth of the membership. Through these efforts, Shorter AME has become a leader in the Denver community and the AME connectional church.


3 box(es) (3 linear feet)

4 oversize box(es)

2 oversize folio(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Coker, 2005; Gift, Charlotte Reese, 2016; Gift, Donor unknown, 2016


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205