Historic Markers Across Alabama

Big Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

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Location: Church and Bayou, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 41.141    W 088° 03.092
  30.68568333    -88.05153333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNGZQ


This congregation originated in 1842 with a group of slaves who worshipped in their masters' church, a Methodist congregation. They were required to move to a small house provided for them. Their perseverance and faith held them together through adversities and three other temporary places of worship. This site was purchased in 1860 about which time they voted to transfer from the Methodist charge to the A.M.E. Zion connection. A wooden shed and parsonage was first constructed. In this shed was held the first ordination in Alabama of a Negro minister by a Negro bishop. The present structure was begun in 1867 by Rev. E.D. Taylor. It was remodeled in 1896.


Number 5 on the AAHT marker tour.

End of Big Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church