“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church Historical Markers

This series features markers relating to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion or AMEZ) Church, a historically African American denomination of the Methodist tradition.

Note: This denomination is distinct from the similarly named African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
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By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
View of marker and some of the current businesses nearby.
1Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee — 9 — "Trade With Your Friends"The Tuskegee Boycott — The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail —
In 1957, local government officials in Tuskegee, Alabama sought to gerrymander the city's limits in an attempt to diminish the number of black votes in upcoming elections. Alabama state senator Sam Engelhardt sponsored Act 140, which transformed . . . Map (db m139876) HM
2Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee — 7 — Area Churches That Hosted Important Civil Rights Meetings — The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail —
Churches within the African American community played an important role during the civil rights movement. They were places beyond control of white power structure, as well as locations where people could express themselves without reprisal. They . . . Map (db m139884) HM
3Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee — Booker T. Washington
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4Alabama (Macon County), Tuskegee — Butler Chapel AME Zion Church
Before the mid-1960s, Tuskegee’s black population faced many challenges when attempting to register to vote. Furthermore, the State of Alabama redrew the town’s political boundaries in an effort to prevent registered blacks from voting in local . . . Map (db m69048) HM
5Alabama (Mobile County), Mobile — Big Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
This congregation originated in 1842 with a group of slaves who worshipped in their masters' church, a Methodist congregation. They were required to move to a small house provided for them. Their perseverance and faith held them together through . . . Map (db m86573) HM
6Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — 6 — Black Churches Provide Significant Support for the March and VotingHolt Street under Interstates 65 and 85 — Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail —
As the social and cultural epicenters of Montgomery's black communities in the 1950s and 1960s, black churches also played a political role, providing sanctuary and strength against discrimination On December 5, 1955 following the first day of . . . Map (db m91464) HM
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7Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Elijah Cook / City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks
Elijah Cook Educator, Businessman, Lawmaker Born a slave in Wetumpka in 1833, Elijah Cook became a leader in Montgomery’s African American community. Credited with helping to establish the city’s first school for blacks in the basement . . . Map (db m69222) HM
8Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Historic Sites Near Fairview Environmental Park
Role of MIA The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was founded on December 5, 1955, to implement the 382-day Montgomery Bus Boycott that jumpstarted the 20th-century Civil Rights Movement. The MIA, as its name suggests, remains dedicated . . . Map (db m129484) HM
9Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal AME Zion Church
Side 1 Located in the heart of one of Montgomery's historic African-American neighborhoods. Mount Zion A.M.E. Zion Church was constructed in 1899 and heavily remodeled in 1921. It served as a significant center for religious, political, and . . . Map (db m86411) HM
10Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church
This congregation was organized by the Court Street Methodist Church in the early 1850s. The latter group offered their 1835 wood frame building to the black members if they would relocate it. In 1852 the church was moved to this site under the . . . Map (db m168917) HM
11Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — South Jackson Street / Victor Hugo Tulane
Side 1 South Jackson Street Long a home to African-American professionals, politicians, and businessmen, South Jackson Street is in the heart of Centennial Hill, a neighborhood which developed in the 1870s. One block north at . . . Map (db m71354) HM
12Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — 3 — Support: Local and OrganizationalNear Early and Oak Streets — Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail —
The civil rights movement in Montgomery was born from the support of both organized groups and individual residents. The day-in-day-out support came from local citizens, who were guided by groups on both the local and the national level. The . . . Map (db m91467) HM
13Alabama (Montgomery County), Montgomery — Union Chapel A.M.E. Zion ChurchMontgomery County
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 . . . Map (db m158657) HM
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14Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Castle Hill - Daly Bottom Community
In 1883 the Castle Hill Real Estate and Manufacturing Company began the first eastern expansion of the original 1821 Tuscaloosa city limits. Hoping to stimulate development in the area, the company created a popular amusement park centered around . . . Map (db m35467) HM
15Alabama (Tuscaloosa County), Tuscaloosa — Hunter's Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Organized 1866, the first Black Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa. First house of worship, a rented building, was located where Denny Stadium now stands. First structure built by the church completed 1878. Present structure erected 1881, exterior brick . . . Map (db m203547) HM
16Connecticut (Middlesex County), Middletown — The Abolitionist Movement
On this site, on a spring evening in 1834, a violent mob descended on a small group of Middletown residents who had come together to work towards abolishing slavery. The abolitionists, both black and white citizens, were members of the newly . . . Map (db m71118) HM
17Connecticut (Middlesex County), Middletown — The Freedom Church
About 1828, a handful of Middletown's black residents gathered to worship in the home of Asa Jeffrey, a sea man who lived on Cross Street almost opposite here. The group formed the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Middletown's first black . . . Map (db m98689) HM
18Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-112 — Scott AME Zion Church
Zion Church in New York City, organized in 1796, was the catalyst by which the African Methodist Episcopal Zion denomination was established in 1821. By the 1870’s a number of Wilmington residents had affiliated themselves with this growing . . . Map (db m11011) HM
19District of Columbia (Washington), Bloomingdale — 12 — Fathers and SonsWorthy Ambition — LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail —
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church celebrated its first Mass in 1901 in a nearby mansion. Father Eugene Hannan, a graduate of Gonzaga High School just south of here, founded St. Martin's to serve the growing Catholic population that dated to . . . Map (db m130841) HM
20District of Columbia (Washington), Bloomingdale — Metropolitan Wesley A.M.E. Zion ChurchThe Gate Way to Freedom
Organized 1832. 2nd Church Built 1833. Admitted to Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference, 1837. 3rd Church Built 1888. Relocated present site, 1956. Bishop Raymond Luthe Jones, Presiding Bishop, 4th Episcopal District. Dr. William B. . . . Map (db m11042) HM
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21District of Columbia (Washington), Deanwood — Lewis Giles, Sr.'s Home and OfficeAfrican American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC — 4428 Hunt Place, NE —
Lewis Giles, Sr. (1894-1974) was an influential Washington architect who designed this Colonial Revival/craftsman style house in 1929. He lived here the rest of his life, and worked in his home office. Giles graduated from Armstrong . . . Map (db m187369) HM
22District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — 3 — Automobile RowA Fitting Tribute — Logan Circle Heritage Trail —
Etched into the corner of the building next to this sign are the names of cars and trucks sold here back when showrooms lined this stretch of 14th Street. Hurley Motor Company, which opened here in 1920, sold Milwaukee-made Nash cars and . . . Map (db m110913) HM
23District of Columbia (Washington), Logan Circle — John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church
United States Department of the Interior National Park Service National Register of Historic Places John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church "The National Church of Zion Methodism" 14th and Corcoran Streets, NW Washington, . . . Map (db m110914) HM
24District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Vernon Square — 13 — "Sweet Daddy" GraceMidcity at the Crossroads — Shaw Heritage Trail —
Along this block is the world headquarters of the United House of Prayer for All People. Founded in 1919 in Massachusetts by Charles M. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church moved its headquarters to Washington in 1926. Soon after, it purchased a . . . Map (db m130896) HM
25Florida (Monroe County), Key West — 93 — Cornish Memorial AME Zion ChurchCirca 1864
Founded in 1864, Cornish Chapel members began building their church in 1885. Designed to resemble European cathedrals, it served as a place of worship, school, and refuge during inclement weather. The foundation was quarried from the site and its . . . Map (db m101245) HM
26Florida (Polk County), Bartow — PCHC-026 — Union Academy High School1897-1969
Side 1 Union Academy was the fulfillment of the dream of local African American pioneers seeking to advance the moral and cultural welfare of young people through education. By the 1870s, west Bartow's First Providence Missionary Baptist . . . Map (db m146231) HM
27Indiana (Marion County), Indianapolis — Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church Site
Jones Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the fourth oldest African American church in Indianapolis, ministered to this neighborhood for almost a century. Organized in 1872, the church was named in honor of the Right Reverend . . . Map (db m132757) HM
28Kentucky (Hopkins County), Madisonville — 2611 — Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church
Founded in 1868 by Rev. Anthony Bunche, Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church is the oldest African-American church in Hopkins Co. It was established in an old log schoolhouse given by abolitionist Hubbard Lunsford. The current site was purchased in 1878. . . . Map (db m171905) HM
29Kentucky (Logan County), Russellville — 1972 — United Methodist Temple
Church became known as a temple after a news story praised its windows during 1917 renovation. Its first pipe organ was provided by matching funds from Andrew Carnegie. Here, on Christians Heritage Day 1965, Logan Countians honored the memory of . . . Map (db m123353) HM
30Kentucky (Nelson County), Bardstown — 1771 — Alexander Walters (1858-1917)
This 24th bishop of A. M. E. Zion Church was born in Bardstown and educated under church auspices. Local A.M.E. Zion Church sponsored him for ministry. Licensed to preach, 1877; elected bishop, 1892. Served as president of National Afro-American . . . Map (db m171594) HM
31Maryland (Montgomery County), Rockville — 15 — Clinton A.M.E. Zion ChurchSouthwest corner of North Washington Street and Beall Avenue — Site #15 —
In 1867, several of Rockville's African American families left Jerusalem Methodist Episcopal Church to start the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church under the leadership of Reverend Charles Pipkins. In 1890, Pipkins and his . . . Map (db m101921) HM
32Maryland (Montgomery County), Rockville — Of By For
[The marker features a set of panels that are sections of a mural:] European map of this geographic area, attributed to John Smith, 1608. People lived here for ten thousand years or more before the European . . . Map (db m174783) HM
33Missouri (St. Louis County), Webster Groves — Historic Black Churches in Webster Groves
1866 - First Baptist. The year after the Civil War ended, 19 African American residents of Webster Groves organized First Baptist Church of Webster Groves. In May of 1866 the land for First Baptist was purchased from William Porter. In November . . . Map (db m191871) HM
34New Jersey (Bergen County), Hackensack — 82 — Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
First African American Church in Hackensack. Organized in 1864 as “Olive Branch Colored Mission Number Three of Hackensack.” First church was an old lime shed moved here in 1867. In 1917 current name was adopted in honor of the first Bishop of the . . . Map (db m7223) HM
35New Jersey (Essex County), Newark — Belleville Avenue Church
This building was constructed in 1874 and enlarged in 1884 by the Belleville Avenue Congregational Church. It was designed in high Victorian Gothic style by William Appleton Potter. Clinton Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church purchased . . . Map (db m50853) HM
36New Jersey (Somerset County), Somerville — Site of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion ParsonageHome of Paul Robeson
On this site stood the St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Parsonage. From 1910 to 1925, it was the home of Paul Robeson, noted actor, singer, scholar, athlete and humanitarian.Map (db m49969) HM
37New Jersey (Union County), Summit — Florence Spearing RandolphWomen’s Heritage Trail — Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church —
Florence Spearing Randolph, born in Charleston, South Carolina on August 9, 1866 was an African-American A.M.E. Zion (Methodist) minister and social activist. She served as Pastor of Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Summit City, from 1925 to 1946. . . . Map (db m94510) HM
38New Jersey (Union County), Summit — Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
(Top plaque) Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Summit, New Jersey has been listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. (Bottom plaque) Wallace Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church . . . Map (db m94511) HM
39New York (Broome County), Binghamton — Freedom Trail
Fugitive slaves were aided on the Underground Railroad at this site. Dr. S. Hand house & nearby A.M.E. Zion and A.M.E. Bethel ChurchMap (db m101993) HM
40New York (Chemung County), Elmira — A.M.E. Zion Church
Founded in 1840 stood 300 feet west of here played a role in the underground railroad & was a center of Elmira's African-American Community Map (db m66950) HM
41New York (Monroe County), Rochester — Austin Steward 1793-1869
Austin Steward, a freed slave, settled in Rochesterville in 1817, where he opened a butcher shop. In 1818, he constructed a two-story building on this site for his expanding grocery and dry goods store. Steward was a strong advocate of temperance . . . Map (db m55772) HM
42New York (Monroe County), Rochester — Frederick Douglass Home Site
Underground Railroad Sites Rochester's proximity to Lake Ontario afforded runaway slaves a direct route to freedom in Canada. Hundreds of runaway slaves were "conducted" from one "station" to another along this secret network of escape routes . . . Map (db m65156) HM
43New York (Nassau County), Westbury — Westbury African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church1834
Founded in 1834 by freed men and women as the New Light Baptist Church, this is the second religious institution in Westbury. It was renamed Westbury A.M.E. Zion Church in 1892 The first edifice at this location was built in 1867 Rebuilt . . . Map (db m133860) HM
44New York (New York County), New York — John Street ChurchHeritage Trail
John Street Church is the oldest Methodist Society in continental America and is the mother church of American Methodism. The Society was organized in New York in 1766 by Philip Embury, and ardent Irish Methodist and former Wesleyan preacher who . . . Map (db m19721) HM
45New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — 3 — Fayette ParkThe Freedom Trail — The Underground Railroad —
”… numbers of persons, who have never felt any interest in the cause of the slave, before, now seem to have all their sympathies awakened, in his behalf.” —from Diary of Ellen Birdseye Wheaton (Boston, 1923) . . . Map (db m138793) HM
46New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — 8 — Prince Jackson House SiteThe Freedom Trail — The Underground Railroad —
”A strictly honest man…” Born about 1807 in Oneida County, Prince Jackson was one of the earliest African American settlers in Syracuse and the earliest to have a documented deed for property. He came to Syracuse about 1827, married . . . Map (db m138798) HM
47New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — 2 — Rev. Jermain and Mrs. Caroline LoguenThe Freedom Trail — The Underground Railroad —
"What is life to me if I am to be slave in Tennessee? My neighbors! I have lived with you many years… My home is here, my children were born here… I don't respect this law — I don't fear it — I don't obey it! It outlaws me, and I . . . Map (db m138792) HM
48New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — 10 — Rose Hill Cemetery / African Americans on the North SideThe Freedom Trail — The Underground Railroad —
By the 1820s and 1830s, families such as the Allens, Jacksons, Reeds, Robinsons, Thompsons, Wales, and Wandells formed a coherent black community. Rose Hill Cemetery Established in 1841, Rose Hill was the burial place of many . . . Map (db m138800) HM
49New York (Onondaga County), Syracuse — The Great Central DepotThe Freedom Trail — The Underground Railroad —
The Underground Railroad: What Was It? Traveling by foot, wagon, boat, or railroad, between 100,000 and 150,000 African Americans sought freedom in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean or the northern U.S. before the end of U.S. slavery in 1865. . . . Map (db m138801) HM
50New York (Rockland County), Sparkill — St. Charles A.M.E. Zion Church
This church built in 1897 is successor to the Skunk Hollow Mountain Church of 1856 (Methodist Episcopal Church of Coloured People) and the 1865 Swamp Church of Palisades (an A.M.E. Zion Church), both organized by the Reverend . . . Map (db m84065) HM
51New York (Suffolk County), Sag Harbor — Burial Ground
St. David AME Zion Cemetery ca 1857. Final Resting place of early settlers. African Americans, Native Americans and European Ancestry.Map (db m133065) HM
52North Carolina (Beaufort County), Bath — Bath African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
This site marks the former location of the Bath African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The AME Zion denomination, chartered in New York City in 1801, began in the 1790s when discrimination against African American Christians forced them to . . . Map (db m65673) HM
53North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — C-33 — James Walker Hood
Asst. Superintendent Public Instruction, 1868-70; a founder Livingstone College, 1885; Bishop A.M.E. Zion Church; founded St. Peters, 1864. One blk. N.Map (db m24053) HM
54North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — St. Peter's A.M.E. Zion Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m76961) HM
55North Carolina (Craven County), New Bern — William Henry SingletonFrom Slavery to Freedom
During the Civil War, thousands of enslaved blacks freed themselves by escaping to Union lines. Craven County native William Henry Singleton (1843-1938) was one of them. According to his biography, Recollections of My Slavery Days (1922), as . . . Map (db m24054) HM
56North Carolina (Cumberland County), Fayetteville — Cross Creek Linear ParkOur Pathway to the Future
1. Cool Spring Cool Spring is located on the south bank of Cross Creek, which winds its way through downtown Fayetteville. The spring was the primary soucre of water first for Native Americans and subsequently for the European pioneers. It . . . Map (db m31149) HM
57North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-44 — Andrew Cartwright
Agent of the American Colonization Society in Liberia, founded the A. M. E. Zion Churches in Albemarle area. His first church, 1865, near here.Map (db m9462) HM
58North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — E-85 — John C. Dancy1857 ~ 1920
Editor of A.M.E. Zion Church papers; orator; a delegate to Methodist world conference; customs collector of Wilmington. Home stood 3 blks. E.Map (db m45347) HM
59North Carolina (Edgecombe County), Tarboro — St. Paul A.M.E. Zion ChurchHistorical Marker
St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church was organized on the fourth Sunday in March 1866 under the leadership of George C. Caine. The house of worship was erected on the corner of St. David and Granville Streets in 1869. We are grateful to . . . Map (db m46638) HM
60North Carolina (Forsyth County), Bethania — BethaniaEstablished 1759
The Moravian Church is a Protestant denomination tracing its roots to the followers of Jan Hus. A Czech priest and reformer, Hus was martyred for his faith in 1415. The Moravians founded a church body dedicated to a simple and devout life. For . . . Map (db m140201) HM
61North Carolina (Forsyth County), Bethania — Bethania Freedman's Community
The community established along this road in the Bethania Town Lot was built by African-American men and women who began acquiring land here following the Civil War. Many of these people had been enslaved on the Oak Grove plantation, from which they . . . Map (db m52538) HM
62North Carolina (Forsyth County), Lewisville — New Hope AME Zion Church1883 — Date of Deed
New Hope Church is the oldest continuing African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church within the Township of Lewisville. This church is among the oldest AME Zion congregations in Forsyth County.Map (db m54288) HM
63North Carolina (Guilford County), Greensboro — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
[ Upper Marker ] Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Wilbur Lee Mapp 1994 [ Main Marker ] Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., planned to speak at Trinity AME Zion Church in Greensboro (a few blocks from here) on April 4, 1968. He canceled his . . . Map (db m54074) HM
64North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — John Coltrane
John Coltrane (b.1926 - d.1967), world renowned jazz saxophonist and composer of the suite "A Love Supreme", lived with his extended family at 118 Underhill St. from 1928-1943. His family was headed by his maternal grandfather, Rev. W.W. Blair, who . . . Map (db m172052) HM
65North Carolina (Guilford County), High Point — John ColtraneHigh Point Resident, World-Renowned Jazz Artist
Growing Up in High Point John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina, on September 23, 1926. He was an infant when his family moved to High Point. For most of his youth Coltrane lived with extended family in his grandparents' house on . . . Map (db m175493) HM
66North Carolina (Halifax County), Enfield — E 103 — James E. O'Hara1844-1905
Black political leader. Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1883-1887. Practiced law in Enfield. Lived 1/10 mi. S.Map (db m98235) HM
67North Carolina (Mecklenburg County), Charlotte — 16 — Thaddeus Lincoln TateBusiness and Civic Leader
Noted African-American businessman and civic leader Thaddeus (Thad) Lincoln Tate contributed significantly to the betterment of the Charlotte community in the early to mid-20th century. From the 1890s to the 1940s, Mr. Tate owned the Uptown . . . Map (db m126031) HM
68North Carolina (Mecklenburg County), Huntersville — The Servant Entrance
The door to your left was called the “servant entrance”. Actually it was the entrance and exit for slaves who were members of the church. Presbyterians rarely used the term “slave” preferring “servant”. The door . . . Map (db m63273) HM
69North Carolina (Pasquotank County), Elizabeth City — A-61 — Joseph C. Price(1854–1893)
Negro orator and teacher. A founder and president of Livingstone College. Born in Elizabeth City. House was 2 miles S.Map (db m5511) HM
70North Carolina (Pasquotank County), Elizabeth City — A-43 — Mount Lebanon Church
A.M.E. Zion. Organized about 1850 as mission to serve black Methodists. Since 1856 congregation has met 1½ blocks N.Map (db m5528) HM
71North Carolina (Rowan County), Salisbury — William ValentineSalisbury History & Art Trail — Civil War & Reconstruction —
William Valentine, a free man of color, was born in North Carolina and lived in Salisbury for a number of years. His home on East Bank Street, purchased before the Civil War, was located just outside the gates of the Confederate States Military . . . Map (db m175794) HM
72North Carolina (Wilson County), Wilson — F-64 — Owen L. W. Smith1851 - 1926
U.S. minister to Liberia, 1898-1902; born into slavery. Pastor, St. John A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilson. Home was 50 yds. NE.Map (db m67579) HM
73Ohio (Summit County), Akron — 11-77 — 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 . . . Map (db m43501) HM
74Pennsylvania (Adams County), Gettysburg — Franklin Street “Colored” School 1884-1932
On this corner stood the only building built for the sole purpose of educating the Colored children of the Borough of Gettysburg. In 1834 Pennsylvania mandated public education. On September 19, 1934, citizens of Gettysburg met and chose six . . . Map (db m75467) HM
75Pennsylvania (Adams County), Gettysburg — St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church
St. Paul's A.M.E. Zion Church, erected in 1917, is the third church to be used by Gettysburg's oldest African American congregation—founded ca. 1838 in a small frame building on nearby Franklin Street. Members of this congregation have long . . . Map (db m130259) HM
76Pennsylvania (Adams County), Gettysburg — Where do we bury our dead? Lincoln Cemetery
The first half-acre of this cemetery was purchased in 1867 by a society of Black men calling themselves the “Sons of Goodwill,” and for many years this place was called the “Goodwill Cemetery.” The minutes of the Sons of . . . Map (db m18029) HM
77Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), Sewickley — St. Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church — Historic Landmark —
Saint Matthews African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1912Map (db m62687) HM
78Pennsylvania (Beaver County), Beaver — African Americans
Among the earliest settlers in the county were the slaves Fortune and Lunn, who were brought here by Levi Dungan around 1772. Many of the later African Americans who either eventually settled or passed through Beaver County came as they followed . . . Map (db m177037) HM
79Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Underground Railroad
In the 1850's this area, known as Tanner's Alley, was important on the Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves hid at Joseph Bustill's & William Jones's houses, a block apart. Frederick Douglass & William Lloyd Garrison spoke at Wesley Union AME Zion . . . Map (db m6693) HM
80Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Harrisburg — Underground Railroad
Harrisburg's prominent role in the advance of the Union cause leading to the Civil War was particularly evident by its sympathy in harboring former slaves who had escaped servitude from the South. As early as 1836, the Harrisburg Anti-Slavery . . . Map (db m168922) HM
81Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Penbrook — Lincoln Cemetery
A landmark of central Pennsylvania's African American history. Established in 1827 by Wesley Union A.M.E. Zion Church. Among those buried here are T. Morris Chester, William Howard Day, Catherine McClintock, and at least 20 veterans of the Civil War.Map (db m7111) HM
82Pennsylvania (Dauphin County), Swatara Township — William Howard Day(1825 - 1900)
Abolitionist, minister, orator, editor, educator. Born in New York City; traveled in the U.S., Canada, and Britain on behalf of antislavery and free Blacks. General Secretary, A.M.E. Zion Church. Lived after 1870 in Harrisburg, where he edited the . . . Map (db m7161) HM
83Pennsylvania (Lehigh County), Allentown — Harriet A. Baker(1829 - 1913)
This African-American evangelist opened a mission about 1900 at 738 North Penn Street, where she preached until her death. In 1914 her mission became the first home of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, which was built at this location in 1936.Map (db m85358) HM
84Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church
Founded in 1820 and vital in the formation of the A.M.E. Zion denomination, "Big Wesley" hosted anti-slavery meetings at its first location. At this site since 1885, the church has been a leader in civil rights, equal employment, and social justice . . . Map (db m191621) HM
85South Carolina (Fairfield County), Mitford — 20-23 — Camp Welfare
[Front] This camp ground, described by one journalist as "picturesque, rugged, simple, with an overhanging air of festivity," has hosted an annual camp meeting since 1876; slaves had worshipped here before the Civil War. The site was . . . Map (db m14613) HM
86South Carolina (Lancaster County), Heath Springs — 29-13 — Mt. Carmel Campground
According to local tradition, this African Methodist Episcopal Zion Campground was established c.1870. Instrumental in organizing the campground was former slave Isom Caleb Clinton, who was ordained Bishop of the church in 1892. Through the years . . . Map (db m23915) HM
87South Carolina (Lancaster County), Lancaster — 29-22 — Clinton Memorial Cemetery / Isom C. Clinton
[Marker Front]: More than 300 members of Lancaster's black community are buried here, with the first grave dating to 1864. Originally the Clinton family cemetery, it was donated to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in 1960 by Dr. John J. Clinton . . . Map (db m23835) HM
88South Carolina (Lancaster County), Lancaster — 29-6 — Lancaster Normal and Industrial Institute
[Marker Front]: Located on this site, Lancaster Normal and Industrial Institute for black students was incorporated in 1905; M. D. Lee was president and J. G. McIlwain chairman of the board. By 1912, the school was offering both elementary . . . Map (db m23834) HM
89South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-34 — Clinton Junior College
Clinton Junior College, affiliated with the A.M.E. Zion Church, was founded in 1894 by Revs. Nero Crockett and W.M. Robinson as Clinton Institute. Named for Bishop Isom C. Clinton, it featured primary and secondary courses as well as a two-year . . . Map (db m24870) HM
90South Carolina (York County), York — 46-56 — Allison Creek Presbyterian Church / Clay Hill Graveyard
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church. This church was founded in 1854 by residents of the Clay Hill community on Allison Creek, who were members of Bethel (1769) and Ebenezer (ca. 1785) Presbyterian churches. They built this church soon . . . Map (db m175696) HM
91Tennessee (Bledsoe County), Pikeville — Pikeville African Methodist Episcopal Zion ChurchSoutheast Tennessee Religious Heritage Trail
The Pikeville AME Zion Church is the oldest African-American church still operating in Bledsoe County. The core of the church building dates from about 1870 when it served as the Freedmen's Bureau school. The AME Zion congregation's use of the . . . Map (db m184534) HM
92Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 85 — George Clem School1887 - 1965
In 1887, with assistance from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the George Clem School was organized as Greeneville College. In 1932, the Greeneville Board of Education leased the property to provide public education for Negroes. Three . . . Map (db m90597) HM
93Tennessee (McMinn County), Athens — St. Mark A.M.E. Zion, “Free Hill”Southeast Tennessee Religious Heritage Trail
Freedom had been a long time coming for three to four million African American men, women, and children. During a period of turmoil and strife in antebellum America, when racism and discrimination were widely prevalent, enslaved African Americans . . . Map (db m177917) HM
94Virginia, Alexandria — African American Heritage Memorial
[Plaque on the left side of the entrance:] From the establishment of Alexandria in 1749 to the present time, African Americans have been a vibrant part of this city's history. The City of Alexandria would not exist in its present form were . . . Map (db m131547) HM
95Virginia (Arlington County), Arlington — Lomax AME Zion Church(African Methodist Episcopal Zion)
The Little Zion Congregation was organized in 1866 by residents of Freedman's Village. The congregation purchased this site in 1874. In 1867, T.H. Lomax was elected Bishop of the AME Zion Church and assigned to the Washington, D.C. area. The Little . . . Map (db m130988) HM
96Virginia (Arlington County), Arlington — Nauck: A Neighborhood History
The Nauck community has a long and diverse history. The area that now comprises the Nauck neighborhood was originally granted to John Todd and Evan Thomas in 1719. The land was later acquired by Robert Alexander and sold to John Parke Custis in . . . Map (db m2504) HM
97Virginia, Chesapeake — The Cuffeytown ThirteenPatriot Heroes
Thirteen African American veterans of the Civil War are interred nearby at the Cuffeytown Historic Cemetery. They served in the 5th, 10th, and 36th United States Colored Troops infantry regiments organized in 1863 and 1864, after the Emancipation . . . Map (db m48917) HM
98Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — 17 — Early Education in Dinwiddie CountyDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Prior to the Civil War, Dinwiddie County was home to several private academies for those who could afford to pay for their education. While it was mostly affluent males who were educated, Pegram’s Academy, Female Academy, Girard Heartwell . . . Map (db m26834) HM
99Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — DN3 — Early Education in Dinwiddie CountyDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Prior to the Civil War, Dinwiddie County was home to several private academies for those who could afford to pay for their education. While it was mostly affluent males who were educated, Pegram's Academy, Female Academy, Girard Heartwell's . . . Map (db m180010) HM
100Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — DN4 — Southside High SchoolDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Dinwiddie's Southside High School was started in 1908 as Dinwiddie Normal and Industrial School and was owned by the operated by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. The only school in the area for African Americans for several . . . Map (db m180012) HM

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