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Address: 712 Chestnut Street Contact: (910) 762-1074
Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church occupies the original building constructed in 1858. The architectural style is that of Carpenter Gothic and Italianate. On April 21, 1867, an African-American congregation of 34 members purchased the building for $2,500. It was renamed the First Colored Presbyterian Church. It is believed that Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church is the oldest African American Presbyterian Church in the state of North Carolina. The congregation was involved in many community activities ranging from the installation of a neighborhood fire alarm in the church bell tower in 1870, to collecting $15,000 for victims of yellow fever in 1878. The church’s Ladies Aid Society was active in sewing clothes for the needy along with helping those who were suffering. In 1939, the second black Boy Scout Troop of Wilmington was sponsored by the Chestnut Street Church.