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Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

Montgomery County

 
 
Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2020
1. Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Marker
Inscription.  In 1881, former slaves Gadson Draw, Frank Felder, Eli Madison, Kate Marshall, and Killis Marshall founded this church. Rev. Solomon S. Seay, Sr., pastor from 1928-1929, was a stalwart in the Civil Rights Movement and served as the third president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Dr. Hagalyn Seay Wilson grew up in the church and was the first African-American female physician to practice medicine in Montgomery and was a founder of the Fairview Medical Center in 1975. Another church member was a founder of the first African-American surgeon group and was the first African-American man elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education. Longtime member Inez Steele Taylor taught classes to help citizens pass the literacy test required to vote before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. After Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, four student church members integrated the previously segregated Robert E. Lee High School in 1965. In the 1960s, the church served as a designated voting precinct for all elections and it remains so to this day. Many church members fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement and their contribution is
Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with marker on right between trees. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2020
2. Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with marker on right between trees.
still felt today.

Listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage, August 10, 2017
Marker erected in 2018 by the Union Chapel AME Zion Church

 
Erected 2018 by the Union Chapel AME Zion Church.
 
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 Zion (AME Zion) Church ⛪ series list.
 
Location. 32° 25.649′ N, 86° 13.341′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Wetumpka Highway (County Road 74) 0.2 miles south of Brooks Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3100 Old Wetumpka Hwy, Montgomery AL 36117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Park School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Elam Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); Old Elam Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Gunter Annex / Gunter Basic Flying Training School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Corporal Vernon L. Burge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Combat Skyspot (approx. 2.2 miles away); Operation Allied Force
Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2020
3. Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Vietnam Service Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2020
4. Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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