The Daughters of Sarah was formed to pay tribute to Sarah Allen.
Sarah Allen, who was also known as Mother Allen, was an American abolitionist and missionary for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is known within the AME Church as The Founding Mother. Her work enabled Richard Allen and his fellow ministers to carry on their work.
Sarah Allen was highly involved in the AME Church, which her husband Richard Allen founded. The family hid and cared for runaway slaves and their home was a part of the Underground Railroad. The couple used their home and the church to house enslaved people.
The bedraggled appearance of the ministers at the AME Church’s first annual conference inspired Sarah Allen to organize the Daughters of Conference, officially designated in 1827. These AME women mended the garments of the ministers, gave them food, and provided them with the material support they needed to survive. The work of the Daughters of Conference continued long after Sara’s death.
Once formally organized, the group expanded and began helping the needy outside the clergy. Allen christened this far-reaching group the Women’s Missionary Society. The women formed a children’s daycare school during the daytime hours and helped organize adult classes at night to help educate their church members. They also cooked meals, mended garments and gathered donated clothes for the needy.
From this rich history, the Daughters of Sarah was born.
Four years ago, the Daughters of Sarah at St. Paul AME Church – Oatland was formed to continue the purpose of the early Daughters of Conference.
Since our inception, our girls have:
- Studied Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week and personal development topics such as peer pressure, self-esteem, and bullying
- Prepared care packages for the sick and shut-in mothers of the church for Mother’s Day
- Raised more than $3,000.00 for sick children at St. Jude Children’s Hospital
- Given joy baskets to the sick and shut-ins in the Oatland, Browns Ferry, Dunbar and Choppee communities at Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Provided toiletry items to Mothers of the Church for Mother’s Day
- Blessed our church family with cards and candy canes at Christmas
The Daughters of Sarah will continue to provide for those who need them most.