John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (Pittsburgh)

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John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church
John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (Pittsburgh) is located in Pittsburgh
John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church (Pittsburgh)
Location of John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsburgh
Location 594 Herron Avenue (Upper Hill), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°27′2.88″N 79°57′52.2″W / 40.4508000°N 79.964500°W / 40.4508000; -79.964500
Built/founded 1894
City designated October 11, 1993[1]

John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church is a historic African American church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The church, which is one of Pittsburgh’s oldest African American faith-based organizations, was founded in 1836 following a series of prayer meetings and preaching services.[2]

On October 11, 1993, the church received City of Pittsburgh Historic Designation as a local landmark.[3] However, in the following year the congregation was forced to temporarily abandon the church property following flooding that was created by waters from an abandoned 100-acre (40 ha) mine that ran below the church.[4] In 2006, the church again faced flooding from the mine water, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) installed new piping to divert the mine water from the church. At the DEP’s suggestion, a geothermal system was installed in November 2008 that used the runoff from the mine water to provide heating and cooling for the church building.[5]


  1. ^ "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  2. ^ Joe William Trotter; Joe William Trotter, Jr.; Eric Ledell Smith (1997). African Americans in Pennsylvania: Shifting Historical Perspectives. Penn State Press. p. 389. ISBN 0-271-01687-6. 
  3. ^ "City of Pittsburgh Historic Designation". Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  4. ^ Allison M. Heinrichs (June 12, 2005). "As a flood of mighty waters". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  5. ^ Phil Hall (October 21, 2008). "Guidance From Above, Heating From Below". Alternative Energy Retailer. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 

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