Wilson Temple United Methodist Church in Raleigh was founded in the historically Black community of Oberlin Village in 1865 and stands in its original location.
A documentary about Oberlin Village was developed by UNC-TV and aired on Jan. 15, 2017. Several Wilson Temple members, whose ancestors founded the church, speak about the historical nature of Oberlin Village (which was renamed Cameron Village) and the deep roots of the African Americans who helped to found and create community and live life together, despite the forces of racism.
Featured in the documentary is church member Sabrina Goode, who is a direct descendant of Morgan Wilson, the man who gave the land for Wilson Temple church, which bears his name. She is also the President of a community group, Friends of Oberlin, which her father was instrumental in developing that consists of a multi-racial group of community residents gathered to address community issues, including race. This group maintains the historic African American cemetery across the street from the church in which founding members of Wilson Temple are buried.