Mother Emanuel AME Church, a historic church in downtown Charleston, will host a weeklong Sesquicentennial South Carolina annual conference starting Monday. .

The official opening of the 150th conference will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, but the entire event will last from Monday to Saturday.

The Rt. Rev. Richard Franklin Norris, prelate of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church, will preside over the conference.

Hosts include presiding elders the Rev. John H. Gillison (Edisto District), the Rev. Malachi Duncan (Charleston District), the Rev. Joseph A. Darby (Beaufort District) and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney; senior pastor of Mother Emanuel.

Mother Emanuel’s hosting of the sesquicentennial event is significant historically because the church was the site of the first AME church conference in the South in 1865. That event gave birth to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South as it exists today.

Emanuel is the oldest AME church in the South and houses one of the largest black congregations south of Baltimore. Emanuel is at 110 Calhoun St.

For more information, call the church at 722-2561.