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.

Address: 483 Holcombe St., Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 647-1154
Visit website: www.oldshipamezionchurch.org
Tours by appointment only.

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Old Ship AME Zion Church