How did Scout describe the First Purchase Church in To Kill a Mockingbird?Chapter 12
Scout got her first up-close look at the First Purchase African Methodist Episcopal Church when she and Jem joined Calpurnia one Sunday while Atticus was out of town. Located in the Quarters outside Maycomb's southern city limits, the church was "an ancient paint-peeled frame building," and the only church in town--white or black--with both a steeple and a bell. It was used for gambling by the white townspeople during the week, as evidenced by the broken Coca-Cola bottles found in the adjacent cemetery. The churchyard and cemetery grounds were "brick-hard clay"; its ground was so hard that bodies could not be buried during dry spells. Inside, it had an open ceiling and unpainted walls. Kerosene lamps were used for light and pine benches for pews. A "faded pink silk banner" and a single print were its only decorations.