African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church,

Methodist denomination. It was founded in 1796 by black members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City and was organized as a national body in 1821. The church operates in the United States, Africa, South America, and the West Indies and maintains Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. The U.S. membership of the church in 1998 was about 1.2 million, making it one of the largest African Methodist bodies.

Bibliography

See D. H. Bradley, A History of the A.M.E. Zion Church (2 vol., 1956–70).

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The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, or Mother Zion, started, much like John Street, as an informal chapel where blacks held separate worship services beginning in 1796.
Walls, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church: Reality of the Black Church (Charlotte, NC: A.
These were the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC), the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion).
2) (p 5) Yet, in spite of these restrictions, Harris observes, African-Americans were initially able to sustain a unified community in New York City through celebrations (such as that commemorating the end of international slave trade in 1806), mutual-aid societies and churches (such as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the African Society), and eateries, taverns and dance halls (such as Thomas Downing's Oyster Bar on Broad Street).
Other predominantly African American denominations also began to publish hymns in the 19th century, including the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (1838); The African Union Church (1839); the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (1891); and The Church of Christ Holiness (1899).
Soon after his arrival in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Douglass became a leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
About the late 1830s, Jesse Coleman, a fugitive slave from Baltimore, founded the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
She starts the book with Sarah Dudley Pettey, wife of a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, who wrote the "Woman's Column" in the Star of Zion newsletter twice a month from 1896 to 1904.
In addition to Lyons' denomination, other participating church groups are: the Progressive National Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention of America, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 1796 black members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City formed the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, which in 1821 was organized as a national group.
Rossville African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staten Island
In more than one place, Melton refers to Frederick Douglass's affiliation with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church shortly after his escape from slavery.

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