William Seymour and Azusa Street Revival
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William Seymour
Time Period
4/9/1906  - 1/1/1915
The Azusa Street Revival functioned as an important catalyst to the growth of American Pentecostalism. In January of 1906, an African-American minister named William J. Seymour moved to Los Angeles and began holding cottage meetings with a small number of followers. After the first outbreak of glossolalia (i.e. "speaking in tongues") in April 1906, the group began to grow and become racially integrated. Seymour moved his congregants to a dilapidated building on 312 Azusa Street, located in downtown Los Angeles.

Over the next few years, thousands of individuals traveled to Azusa Street to experience miraculous healings, glossalia, and spontaneous worship. Religious services were held three times a day, and the attenders were racially diverse (at least initially). Over time, the revival started to dissipate. Seymour lost his influence and died in 1922. Although the building was condemned and destroyed in 1931, the revival remains a defining event for early Pentecostalism.
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Apostolic Faith Mission on Azusa Street- Wikimedia Commons

William Seymour and his wife, Jennie- Wikimedia Commons

The Apostolic Faith newspaper- www.azusastreet.org

Azusa Street Mission leaders- Wikimedia Commons
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Queen, Edward, Stephen Prothero and Gardiner Shattuck, 1996. The Encyclopedia of American Religious History. New York: Facts on File.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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