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Historical Sites

AAHA is compiling a list of African American historical sites in East Tennessee. Most of the sites that we have identified are churches from the Reconstruction era. A few churches that we have found and need more information on are: Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Shiloh Presbyterian Church, and Rogers Memorial Baptist. We also have information on New Salem Baptist Church which was founded 1866 by Isaac Dockery, and is the oldest brick church in Sevier County. We are also going to explore the rumors around Embree House being involved in the Underground Railroad. We will provide the locations of these locations on a map, and if any more information can be provided it would be much appreciated.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 9:24 am

    I’d like to contribute to your information. I have done major research on the Underground Railroad in Michigan, black abolitionist in Michigan, AME Zion history and Involvement in the UGRR and other related topics. I also have developed numerous lesson plans that may be useful with some minor changes.


    • September 23, 2013 9:18 pm

      Hi–Would love to talk with you further about what you’ve done. We are especially interested in seeing how people are developing lesson plans that can be shared with school teachers–especially if they can help them meet their “assessment” goals. Do you have lesson plans on the UGRR?

  2. Saadia Williams permalink
    September 23, 2013 5:59 pm

    What specific information are you looking and/or requesting concerning Rogers Memorial Baptist Church? We just celebrated our 131st anniversary this past week end. I am a member and serve on the Trustee Ministry.

    • September 23, 2013 9:21 pm

      Hi–Congratulations on this wonderful anniversary! We would love to have a copy of your history if you have written one. Could you send us a copy in either hard copy or as an electronic file? And if you have one would you be willing to let us post it as a pdf? We are starting to build a map of historically black churches in the region and would like to be able to put the history of each church as a link. Are you considering coming to the conference? We could talk there if you are. If not, we can keep in contact via email. Thanks so much for letting us know what is going on with your church.

  3. Kathy Ramsey permalink
    November 11, 2013 2:32 pm

    Hello, I am the Realtor for Pastor Widby’s church, New Zion Faith Center, on Garden Drive. I have heard rumors that the City of Johnson City intends to take possession of this church property in regard to the “canal project”. From the historical information on this church as relayed to me from Pastor Widby, I believe it would be a terrible injustice for the city to tear down this iconic church. I believe it’s beginnings were in the very early 1900s and was a beacon for the African/American community. If you have influence with the city commission, perhaps this church can be saved.

    • November 12, 2013 3:11 pm

      I’ll try to pass this information on to some folks up that way that might have some insight into this. Thanks for letting us know about this!

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