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Churches were an important part of African-Canadian communities. Church was more than just a place for worship, it was a community meeting place. Often African Canadians were not welcomed into churches that served other Canadians. African Canadians started their own churches and had their own ministers. Black churchgoers broke away from the Methodist Church in 1784 to form the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1854, many Black Baptists in Nova Scotia left the Baptist church and formed their own association, the African United Baptist Association. In the early days, there were many different Black churches, including the African Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal and British Methodist Episcopal churches.