February 21, 2012

Methodism came into what is now Arkansas at least two decades before statehood, just as it had been brought to North America at least two decades before the American Revolution. Led by John Wesley, an Anglican priest; his brother Charles; and a few others, Methodism had begun as a movement within the Church of England in the 1720s. By the mid-nineteenth century Methodism was well established in Arkansas, with churches, such as the one in Jasper (Boone County) shown here, constructed throughout the state.

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