Historic Markers Across Florida

Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church

Marker ID:  93
Location: 702 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 15.376    W 081° 49.339
  24.25626666    -81.82231666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church
Circa 1864

Founded in 1864, Cornish Chapel members began building their church in 1885. Designed to resemble European cathedrals, it served as a place of worship, school, and refuge during inclement weather. The foundation was quarried from the site and its wooden truss beams are believed to have been salvaged from sailing ships. The namesake and founding force behind this landmark church, Sandy Cornish, was a former slave, farm owner, businessman, civic leader, and was considered at the time to be the wealthiest man in Key West.

Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources