African Methodist Episcopal - La Jolla, CA

About Us

We believe the accomplishments of African Americans should always be celebrated; therefore, we should not forget the contributions of everyday people who quietly went about their daily lives enhancing the communities in which they lived. One such group of people are those who dropped their buckets in La Jolla as early as 1880’s. Some may remember the noticeable African American population that once existed in La Jolla. A remnant of these people exist today at Historic Prince Chapel by the Sea AME Church in La Jolla.

Current members, Lorenza Pace, Bettye Brown (recently deceased) and others have authored a labor of love entitled, "La Jolla California Black Pioneers and Poineers Descendants 1880-1974".  Often people are shocked to discover that a remnant of this history continues to exist in La Jolla. Historic Prince Chapel by the Sea AME Church has humbly served the community since 1921. Originally, the La Jolla Union Mission, its affiliation was changed to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination in 1943. Throughout the years, members of Historic Prince Chapel have awarded scholarships and watched their young people go on to thrive at La Jolla schools as Student Body President, star football and tennis players, and scholars, as well as serve the community.

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