To Kill a Mockingbird- Chapter 12

First Purchase African M.E Church

"First Purchase African M.E. Church was in the Quarters out- side the southern town limits, across the old sawmill tracks. It was an ancient paint-peeled frame building, the only church in Maycomb with a steeple and bell, called First Purchase because it was paid for from the first earnings of freed slaves. Negroes worshipped in it on Sundays and white men gambled in it on weekdays."
Jem and Scouts visit to First Purchase African M.E Church is significant for many reasons. Firstly because this is the first time they've experienced racism from black people to white, not the other way around. The Black citizens in maycomb are use to being treated differently by white people and this Church is one of the only places they are treated as equals and can feel comfortable. So when Scout and Jem arrive at the church they are not excepted. The people at First Purchase African M.E Church are often stereotped but they are infact stereotyping Jem and Scout into their views of a typical white person.
Another reason it is significant is because it reinforces hypocracy inherited in Maycomb. While the blacks worship there on Sundays, white people gamble there on weekdays.