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Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
1. Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church-The genesis of the African Methodist Episcopal Church can be traced to Delaware in 1777, when a young slave named Richard Allen experienced a spiritual awakening at a meeting conducted by an itinerant Methodist preacher. After becoming free Allen engaged in a long struggle to secure greater freedom of worship for his people. As a result of his efforts, the AME Church was established in 1816 as an independent denomination. On April 4, 1873, a group of African-American residents of Dover met to formally organize as a congregation. Initially known as Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first sanctuary as located on Kirkwood Street. In later years the name of the church was changed to Mt. Zion. Under the pastorate of George Donald Ming, property on North Queen Street was purchased in 1958, and construction of the present church was begun. On September 27, 1959, the new building was dedicated by Bishop George Wilbur Baber. Toda, Mount Zion continues to serve the spiritual needs of the community.
 
Erected 2008 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number
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By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
2. Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
KC-107.)
 
Location. 39° 9.726′ N, 75° 31.872′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on North Queen Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 N Queen Street, Dover DE 19904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Calvary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Wesley College (approx. mile away); Former Site of ILC Dover (approx. 0.3 miles away); Annie Jump Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Dover's First Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richardson and Robbins Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hall House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Woodburn: The Governor's House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & Religion
 
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By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
3. Bicentennial Historical Marker
Located on the side patio of the church.
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By Don Morfe, October 13, 2019
4. Bicentennial Historical Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 20, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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