HAMILTON, Fayette Montgomery (‘F.M.’). b. Washington, Arkansas, 3 September 1858; d. Sparta, Georgia, 10 November 1912. The life of this hymnodist, composer, arranger, and editor is most accurately told within the context of the early history of the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church (in 1954 the name was changed to the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church). It was first organized on 16 December 1870 as The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, an ecclesial body of mostly African Americans, by 41 formerly enslaved members who left the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The Methodist Episcopal Church South was a devision from the larger Wesleyan movement founded and organized by John...
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