Mt. Zion AME Church

5 Glebe ST

Charleston, SC 29401


Phone: (843) 722-8118

City: Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

Mt. Zion AME Church

Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1847-48 as the Glebe Street Presbyterian Church. The design is a very academic one and shows the influence of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) one of England's most prominent architects of the late 18th and early 19th century, and whose designs were published. When the church was built, the land was leased from St. Philip's Episcopal Church ln 1856, the lot was conveyed to the Glebe Street Presbyterian Church in fee simple by St. Philip's. The Glebe Street Church sold the property to the Zion Presbyterian church in 1866. ln 1882, Zion Presbyterian merged with the Central Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street, and the Glebe Street property was purchased by a group from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. They organized a new congregation, which kept the name Zion and named their church the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church became the first brick church building in Charleston that African Americans owned. The church is across from the Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston.

Sunday morning worship service is held weekly at 10 a.m. The sanctuary is open for prayer and meditation Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

(Source: The Charleston County Public Library, (Legerton, Historic Churches, p.56-57 ; Ravenel, Architects , p.229-230 ; News & Courier , Aug.29,1885; Stoney, This is Charleston , p.54)

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