Emanuel AME Church (Mobile, Alabama)

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Emanuel AME Church
Emanuel A.M.E. Church Mobile.jpg
Emanuel AME Church in 2009
Emanuel AME Church (Mobile, Alabama) is located in Alabama
Emanuel AME Church (Mobile, Alabama)
Location 656 Saint Michael Street
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 30°41′26″N 88°3′5″W / 30.69056°N 88.05139°W / 30.69056; -88.05139Coordinates: 30°41′26″N 88°3′5″W / 30.69056°N 88.05139°W / 30.69056; -88.05139
Built 1869
Architect Hutchisson, James F.
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87000853[1]
Added to NRHP May 29, 1987

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic African American church in Mobile, Alabama. Emanuel AME began when church trustees purchased a vacant lot for their church in 1869, as African Americans in Mobile established their own congregations following the American Civil War. The trustees completed a frame building in that same year. The frame building was altered in 1881 when James F. Hutchisson, a locally prominent white architect, was hired to design a new facade. The existing building was faced in brick and the facade was redesigned in the Gothic Revival style. This made Emanuel AME Church comparable to white churches in the city and superior to both African American and white rural churches of the period.[2] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1987, due to its architectural and historic significance.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Savage, Beth L.; Carol D. Shull (1994). African American historic places. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press. p. 95. ISBN 0-89133-253-7.