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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, left, talks with Johnnie Kirby prior to a press conference celebrating the 252nd birthday of Bishop Richard Allen at the Trinity AME Church in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Trinity AME Church on Tuesday held a press conference on the 252nd birthday of Bishop Richard Allen. Bishop Allen, who was born a slave and then obtained freedom, started the AME Church.

Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker declared this Feb. 14 as "AME Church Founder Bishop Richard Allen Day - A Day Dedicated to Love."

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