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We need not only to preserve it, but we need to teach it to those who come after us. We feel the need for a place of healing, and we hope that we’ll be able to be that.

- Dr. Kathy Dunn Jackson


Old Ship AME Zion Church

Established in 1852, Old Ship is home to the oldest black congregation in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a center of cultural and religious life for the black community throughout the state.The church played a key role in the decision to move State Normal, one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges & Universities in the United States, from Marion to Montgomery, Alabama. Later, its name was changed to Alabama State University, and its first graduation ceremonies were held at Old Ship. Speakers from its pulpit have included The Honorable Frederick Douglas and President William McKinley.

During the Civil Rights Movement, important organizational meetings were held in the church.

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Old Ship AME Zion Church

Holcombe Street, Montgomery, AL, USA
(334) 647-1154

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Flier encouraging people to participate in a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, after the arrest of Rosa Parks

courtesy Alabama Department of Archives and History