Cleaves Memorial Temple. This church was located at 210 N. Stiles and has had some name changes. The 1922 updated to 1949 Sanborn map is shown at right, although the map incorrectly lists the church as "A.M.E." (African Methodist Episcopal) which it was not. The AME church was located down the block, east, and was Avery Chapel AME. Cleaves was a "C.M.E." church, originally standing for "Colored Methodist Episcopal" although that was changed to "Christian Methodist Episcopal" in the 1950s. For the differences, see these Wikipedia articles: C.M.E. and A.M.E.

If the February 12, 1952, Oklahoman article shown later in this article is correct, when the church moved from Deep Deuce at that time it had been at the location shown at the right for 50 years, which means since 1902. However, it did not appear in the Sanborn Maps until 1922.

The 1922 and 1955 Sanborn Maps for this property are shown below.
1949 Map: NE 1st & Stiles

1922 Sanborn Map

1955 Sanborn Map



As you can see in the 1922 map, the church's name was then Howard Metropolitan Colored M.E. Church. When the name changed to "Cleaves," I don't know. After Cleaves moved from the location in 1952, it became Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, as shown in the 1955 map. When that ended and/or when the church was abandoned, I don't know.

A search through the Oklahoman's archives for any of these three names doesn't turn up a great deal. The small amount which I thought to be historically relevant is shown below (i.e., church schedules and religious events are not included).


This February 8, 1919 Oklahoman article reflects Howard Church's participation in the Teddy Roosevelt Day activities (2nd column).
February 8, 1919

A September 26, 1948, Oklahoman article reflects that Mrs. J.G. Hollis, wife of Cleaves' pastor, was Oklahoma City's only delegate to the 1948 World Council of Churches meeting in Amsterdam, the first of its kind. The article states that she was president of the Woman's Missionary Work of the C.M.E. church in the United States. The article notes her personal recollections in column two.

The last article of note has to do with the move of the Cleaves church to 1440 NE 12 in 1952. The Oklahoman article at the left dates the Deep Deuce location to 1902. The photo at the right shows the new church.
February 12, 1952

Credit the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System

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