Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church

Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church (HM1DB1)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 22.276', W 86° 18.711'

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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 supervision of freedman Thomas Wilson, who was assisted by Sol Brack, Solomon Hannon, Emanuel Nobel and others. White ministers served the congregation until 1862 when Allen Hannon assumed the duties. The building was remodeled in 1888 and in 1918-1920 it was reconstructed in the classical revival style.

The organization of the National W.H.O.M. Society of A.M.E. Zion Church (1880), the meeting (1887) in which it was decided to move State Normal School (now Alabama State University) from Marion to Montgomery, and the first graduation exercises of that school (1888), all took place here. President William Henry McKinley, Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Governor Thomas Kilby and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke here on various occasions.

Local lore attributes the origin of the name to a laborer involved in moving the original building. A bystander asked, "What do you have there?" and the laborer replied, "It's the Old Ship of Zion moving on."
National Register of Historic Places 1-24-1991
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HM NumberHM1DB1
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Year Placed1991
Placed ByThe Alabama Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 564736 N 3581797
Decimal Degrees32.37126667, -86.31185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.276', W 86° 18.711'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 16.56" N, 86° 18' 42.66" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 483 Holcombe St, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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