Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
This church, founded in 1866, is the oldest Black congregation in Akron. After worshipping in several locations, the congregation held a fund-raiser to help finance the construction of a permanent home. The person collecting the most money had the privilege of renaming the church. That honor went to Mrs. Belle (Smith) Wesley. Completed in 1928, the current structure is a Neo-Classical Revival style building, featuring a classical pedimented portico, or porch, and four distinctive Ionic columns. An education wing was added in 1963 by the late Rev. Dr. E. E. Morgan, Jr. Akron Black architects Herbert L. Wardner and John O. Somerville designed the church, and then a Black contractor, Samuel Plato, completed the structure. The church has long been a vital religious and social focal point for Akron's Black community. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was organized at Wesley Temple. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 3/19/94.
Erected 1995 by Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 11-77.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 North Prospect Street, Akron OH 44304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. ¼ mile away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 0.3 miles away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. 0.7 miles away); Middlebury Lodge No. 34 F.&A.M. (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Akron.
Also see . . .
1. The History of Wesley Temple. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NAACP: 100 Years of History. (Submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.