State Street AME Zion Church

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State Street AME Zion Church
State Street AME Zion Church in 2009
State Street AME Zion Church is located in Alabama
State Street AME Zion Church
Location 502 State Street
Mobile, Alabama, USA
Coordinates 30°41′37.82″N 88°3′0.91″W / 30.6938389°N 88.0502528°W / 30.6938389; -88.0502528Coordinates: 30°41′37.82″N 88°3′0.91″W / 30.6938389°N 88.0502528°W / 30.6938389; -88.0502528
Built 1854
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78000505[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 06, 1978
Designated ARLH October 20, 1977

State Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church is a historic African American church in Mobile, Alabama. It is the oldest documented Methodist church building in Alabama. It is also one of two African American churches founded in the Methodist tradition in Mobile prior to the American Civil War.[2]

History[edit]

The church was founded in 1829 as the African Church of the City of Mobile, a mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The original building burned and the current building was erected in 1854. By 1855 the church had a congregation of 550 members, making it one of the most successful African American churches in Alabama.[2] Following the Civil War, the congregation joined the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The Methodist Episcopal Church South then challenged the right of the congregation to occupy the building. Under the leadership of their second minister, Wilbur G. Strong, the congregation obtained legal title to the building in 1872.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 1978, 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. ^ a b c Savage, Beth L.; Carol D. Shull (1994). African American historic places. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press. p. 98. ISBN 0-89133-253-7.