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Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

402 Madison Ave., • Elmira, NY 14901 • United States • 607-735-0441 • AME

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Church History

The founding of the church was inspired by an anti-slavery lecture given here in Elmira in 1840 by Frederick Douglass an escaped slave from Baltimore, Maryland.Later that year it was formed by a group of slaves who had refuge in Elmira, an important station of the "Underground Railroad." The church began as the "Zion Mission," the services were first held in a house at Dickenson and Fourth Streets. On 27 April 1896 the corner stone was laid for the new building at Dickenson and fourth. With the completion the church became known as Frederick Douglass Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The church continued to grow, more buildings were added to the church, at its peak the Frederick Douglass A.M.E. Zion Church was an accumulation of five buildings that occupied half a city block. It was the largest Black church in the region during the late 1940's.


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Our Services & Events

Sunday School

Sunday 9:30 AM

Worship Service

Sunday 11:00 AM

Bible Study/Prayer Meeting

Tuesday 6:30 PM

Choir Practice

Thursday 6:00 PM

Adult Fellowship

1st Friday/ Mo. 6PM

Children's Fun Night

Each Friday 7:00 PM

Our Staff

Rev. Michael D. Bell

Senior Pastor •

Rev. Dr. Vincent Howell

Associate Pastor •

Rev. David Walker (Decd)

Associate Pastor •

Rev.Roosevelt Simmons

Pastor Emeritus •

Robert Nelson III

Preachers Steward •