Flushing in Queens in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Macedonia A.M.E. Church
Flushing Freedom Mile
The Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church is the third oldest religious organization in Flushing. It started out in 1811 as the African Methodist Society, and welcomed a diverse congregation consisting of blacks, whites and Native Americans.
The African Methodist Episcopal denomination was created in Philadelphia in 1787 to provide African Americans with their own church where they could worship without being persecuted by white parishioners. The church took hold in New York as well, and by 1816 the African Methodist Society in Flushing became the Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church. A larger church was built in 1837. Many of the Macedonia A.M.E. Church's members were active in the fight against slavery, and the church may have been used as a station on the Underground Railroad, helping fugitive slaves to freedom.
[Captions:] A sketch of the original Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church, ca. 1814. (below)
The Macedonia A.M.E. Church, ca. 1927. The church has seen many changes in the neighborhood since this building opened in 1837. (right)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and the New York, Flushing Freedom Mile series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
Location. 40° 45.714′ N, 73° 49.642′ W. Marker is in Queens, New York, in Queens County. It is in Flushing. Marker is on Union Street just south of 37th Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37-16 Union St, Flushing NY 11354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Flushing (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Orange Trail / Green Trail (about 500 feet away); Flushing Public Art (about 500 feet away); George Fox Stone (about 700 feet away); Bowne House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Bowne House (about 700 feet away); Fox Oaks (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Bowne House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Queens.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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