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Mother AME Zion Church, New York City

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The Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, also known as "Mother Zion", located at 140–148 West 137th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is the oldest African-American church in New York City, and the "mother church" of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion conference.The church was designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.BuildingThe building was constructed between 1923 and 1925 and was designed by architect George W. Foster, Jr., one of the first registered African-American architects in the United States. It is neo-Gothic in style, with a "simple facade", similar to several other Protestant churches built in Manhattan during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The sanctuary has an "auditorium" layout, of a type that was becoming popular with Protestant congregations at the time, rather than a "cross" form of layout, which has a deep chancel for the altar, and a long nave intersected by two transepts. The seating is arranged in a wide arc around the altar and pulpit, and features a wide balcony on the second level, also in an arc layout. Seating capacity inside the church is about 1000.
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  • Attending the service on Easter Sunday was a great experience! What a friendly congregation who loves Christ and shares the Gospel<3 The pastor acknowledged the visitors, was thankful for our particip...  more »
  • This a alternative for the Abyssian Church in the Harley. Very good choir with great voices. Very friendly service and a good sermon!  more »
  • After seeing the crowds lining up across the street we decided to go to mass at this church, it's old and more modest than the Abyssinian, there are only 8-10 people in the choir and the pastor said i...  more »
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  • Great place to worship! Life changing
  • This is where I went to church with my Great - Grandmother. Beautiful church and atmosphere.
  • The Reverend is amazing!!
  • Wonderful experience
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