Rochester's Roots: The oldest African-American church in Monroe County

February 08, 2019 07:27 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Memorial AME Zion Church, located on Clarissa Street in Corn Hill, is the oldest African-American church in Monroe County.

It first opened its doors nearly 200 years ago in 1827. Over that time, it has served as a shelter for escaped slaves being led to freedom by Harriet Tubman.

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It was the home church of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who wrote his North Star paper in the church’s basement. It also played host to Susan B. Anthony's last public address.

That deep history continues to be written today.

News10NBC salutes Memorial AME Zion Church as part of our Rochester’s Roots.


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