According to various sources the founding date of the Church of the Living God Pillar and Ground of the Truth was 1886 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There is no evidence this is true. There is no record of the church nor Prophet F. S. Cherry in Tennessee at anytime.
8. Landing, Black Judaism, 340 The founding date of 1886 is according to Cherry’s own account. Landing and others point out that this date is probably fabricated in order to usurp the Church of God and Saints of Christ’s claims to be the first black Jewish group. The Church of God and Saints of Christ was established in 1896 in Kansas, but settled in Philadelphia and then Virginia. See Elly M. Wynia, Church of God and Saints of Christ: The rise of Black Jews, Cults and Nonconventional Religious Groups.
Further disproving this date is Cherry’s birth year. When speaking with U.S. census takers in 1920, 1930, and 1940 he stated his birth year was 1875. That means he would have been 11 years old in 1886.