Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church
Olivet African Methodist Episcopal Church is the city's first and oldest church founded by South Bend's black residents. The church was founded by members of the Powell family, the city's first African-American permanent residents.
Backstory and Context
The second site was erected in 1916-17 during the administration of the Rev. C. Emery Allen. Joseph Haithcox (“a Negro”) was the contractor. It was also a center for social, political, religious and civic life. It was known as the “Colored Church” until other denominations organized churches. The present site, on Notre Dame Avenue, was acquired in 1969.