The Trust is grateful to Gene Donahue, Tredyffrin Township studio/station manager for Tredyffrin Township Television for attending and videotaping our Spring Lecture, “Mt. Zion AME Church – An Evening of History and Plans for the Future”.
The Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Devon is the oldest continuous African-American congregation of any denomination on the entire Main Line. Guest lecturers from Wise Preservation Planning, Bob Wise and Seth Hinshaw, presented an evening of Mt. Zion AME Church history. The cornerstone dates to 1861, with Mt. Zion roots dating to the Free African Society, a group of slaves and former slaves in the Philadelphia area. The stone with stucco over the walls structure was begun in 1861 in the “raised” Chapel Plan. There are 20 members of the Civil War Colored Veterans buried in the adjacent cemetery. Wise and Hinshaw shared the application process to place Mt. Zion on the National Register of Historic Places. The application statement reads in part, “Locally significant for its association with the African-American community’s battle against school segregation in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships, Chester County.”
The presentation includes introductions by Rev. April M. Martin and Polly Hagan of THPT, a performance by Minister of Music John Pollard, and it relies heavily on the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society’s Roger Thorne’s investigation and chronicle of “The School Fight of 1932-1934.”
To watch the video of the Spring Lecture, “Mt Zion AME Church – An Evening of History and Plans for the Future”, click on the following link: