Historic, architectural gem with African roots in Kirkwood . . .
African Christian roots are deep in Kirkwood, as early as 1853 . . . in the congregation known as the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Kirkwood congregation is one of the oldest A.M.E. churches west of the Mississippi River. The current church (Olive Chapel), located at 309 S. Harrison Avenue, was built in 1896 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The real treat is to join the congregation (visitors are most welcome at the 11:00 AM services each Sunday) and view the original stained glass windows and fine woodwork from the inside.
The craftsmanship and architecture are totally original, in the Gothic Revival style.
The music and acoustics are heavenly!