Mt. Zion Baptist Church Tulsa, Oklahoma (1909- )

Mount Zion Baptist Church, originally named Second Baptist Church, was founded in 1909 by an African American religious study group under the leadership of Reverend Sandy Lyons, and established on North Hartford street of Tulsa, Oklahoma. At first, the church didn’t have it’s own building … Read MoreMt. Zion Baptist Church Tulsa, Oklahoma (1909- )

Golden West Hotel Portland (1906–1931)

The Golden West Hotel was the first hotel in Portland, Oregon, to serve black patrons. William D. Allen, an entrepreneur from Tennessee and prominent member of the local black community, founded the hotel in 1906 to serve African-American railroad workers who were denied accommodations elsewhere … Read MoreGolden West Hotel Portland (1906–1931)

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Reno, Nevada (1907– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Bethel AME Church Reno is the longest operating African-American congregation in Nevada. An African Methodist Episcopal congregation of seven organized it in 1907. Its first building was constructed in 1910 at 220 Bell Street in Reno, Nevada. The AME Church sent Reverend … Read MoreBethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Reno, Nevada (1907– )

The Bordentown School (1886–1955)

The Boredontown School Assembly, ca. 1945 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The “Bordentown School,” founded in 1886 in Bordentown, New Jersey, began as a self-sustaining, co-educational, vocational school in a two-story residence in Bordentown, New Jersey. Originally established as a private institution by Rev. Walter A. … Read MoreThe Bordentown School (1886–1955)

Second Baptist Church, El Paso, Texas (1884- )

The Second Baptist Church, the oldest black Baptist church in El Paso, Texas, was established in 1884. The brick edifice that is its current home was erected between 1903 and 1907 at Second and Virginia Streets, standing at the intersection of the city’s Mexican American … Read MoreSecond Baptist Church, El Paso, Texas (1884- )

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1889- )

Bethel AME Church, Portland, Oregon, 1957 Image Courtesy of Portland Archives Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the oldest continuously operating black church in Portland, Oregon. It was founded by 20 people in 1889 in the home of Phillip Jenkins and organized under its … Read MoreBethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1889- )

Kansas St. John A.M.E Church Topeka (1868- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” St. John African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Topeka, Kansas was officially organized in 1877 when it was chartered by Reverend John M. Wilkerson of the Missouri African Methodist Episcopal Conference.  In 1868, nine years before the charter, however, early black … Read MoreKansas St. John A.M.E Church Topeka (1868- )

Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church (1890- )

(Photo Courtesy of Paul Vincent) The Trinity African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the oldest continuously operating black church in Utah.  Trinity AME was organized in 1890 by Rev. T. Saunders when Salt Lake City was the capital of Utah Territory.  The early date of … Read MoreTrinity African Methodist Episcopal Church (1890- )

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Omaha, Nebraska (1865- )

The St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church (“St. John’s AME”) was first organized in 1865 in North Omaha, Nebraska Territory, with an initial membership of five people. Two years later, at about the time Nebraska was admitted to statehood, the congregation built its first church.  … Read MoreSt. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Omaha, Nebraska (1865- )

Denver, Colorado Shorter AME Church (1868- )

(Image Courtesy of Rosemarie Allen) Shorter AME Church was organized in 1868.  Two women, Mary Smith and Mary Randolph founded the church.  The original members met on the South Platte River in 1863 until the Church was given land located at 19th and Holiday (now … Read MoreDenver, Colorado Shorter AME Church (1868- )