St. Mark’s still plays significant role in Duluth’s Black community

St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church has played a central role in Duluth’s African American community for over 125 years. While other black organizations have dissolv-ed or moved to the Twin Cities, St. Mark’s has been a mainstay.

Rev. Al-phonse Reff, who served St. Mark’s from 1973 to 1984, noted in a 1975 interview that the church’s reach extends beyond its walls. From housing fraternal groups in the 1910s to supporting the fledgling local NAACP to hosting vigils…

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