The Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church, the oldest Black Church in the City of Montgomery,had its beginning With a frame build1ng 60 feet long by 45 feet wide with galleries on each side at the rear. The Court Street Methodist Church. south (now First United Methodist of Cloverdale), gave Black people of Montgomery and Vicinity this building in 1852. Resourceful Black slaves, Sol Brock, Solomon Hannon and Emanuel Noble, helped a freed Black contractor, Thomas Wilson, roll the church on logs to its present location of Holcome Street near Mildred Street.
It is reported that someone asked the men engaged in logging the church down the street. “What are you going to name the church?” The answer was, ‘ The Old Ship of Zion,’ so it was named and the name “Old Ship Methodist Church” was incorporated on June 30, 1898. The build1ng was remodeled in 1888 and 1n 1918-1920, it was reconstructed 1n the classical revival style. For the first ten years, the Old Ship Church was served by white ministers and presiding elders (district superintendents).
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The Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, Inc. is a collaboration among 20 historic places of worship, lodging and civic engagement that played significant roles in the African American struggle for freedom. While recent history focuses on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, these institutions have been dedicated to improving the quality of Black life since Reconstruction.
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Old Ship AMEZ Church
483 Holcombe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
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Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church is registered and organized as a nonprofit corporation with the State of Alabama.
The Capital Campaign is ongoing with sacred individual and group donations and recent funding from the Alabama Historical Commission, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium and The Alabama-Florida Episcopal District of the African American Episcopal Zion Church.