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St. Paul A.M.E. Church

 
 
St. Paul AME Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2018
1. St. Paul AME Church Marker
Located on the outside wall of church.
Inscription.  By the turn of the twentieth century, African Americans were gathering on Hardaway Street in a brush arbor to worship. In 1907, they incorporated what is now known as St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, with Rev. Felix Strum serving as the first pastor, Rev. W. W. Frazier as presiding elder, and Bishop L. J. Chopin as presiding prelate. Among the founding members were Phillip William, Oliver Jones, Lewis Fulson, Dock Henry, Eugene Jackson, and Verlin Jones. The church was destroyed by fire in 1933 and for a time met in Tullibody Auditorium at the nearby State Teachers College (now Alabama State University). In 1934, a new church was built at the corner of Hall and Payne streets.

Rosa Parks was an active member of the church in the 1950s, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Deaconess; Rev. Henry A. Duncombe Sr. served as pastor and Rev. Lucius Fortson was presiding elder. On December I, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger, a brave act of defiance which launched the Montgomery bus boycott and the modern civil rights movement.

The church relocated to this location in 1998.
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A funeral service for Rosa Parks was held here on October 30, 2005. Blessed throughout its history, St. Paul A. M. E. Church has carried out its mission with a spirit of love even in turbulent times.
 
Erected 2018 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Alabama Historical Association, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 30, 2005.
 
Location. 32° 19.997′ N, 86° 17.692′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of East Patton Avenue and Wesley Drive, on the right when traveling east on East Patton Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 706 East Patton Avenue, Montgomery AL 36111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rosa Parks Returns to St. Paul AME / Rosa Parks's Faith Guided Her Life (within shouting distance of this marker); Beulah Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Huntingdon College (approx. 1.4 miles away); Folmar - Siegelman House (approx. 1.6 miles away);
The St. Paul A.M.E. Church & marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2018
2. The St. Paul A.M.E. Church & marker.
First United Methodist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Moore-Tyson-McPhillips Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fitzgerald Home (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sidney Lanier High School (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
St. Paul A.M.E. Church dedication cornerstone. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2018
3. St. Paul A.M.E. Church dedication cornerstone.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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