Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (HMT7A)

Location: Akron, OH 44304 Summit County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 5.149', W 81° 30.612'

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This church, founded in 1866, is the oldest Black congregation in Akron. After worshipping in several locations, the congregation held a fund-raiser to help finance the construction of a permanent home. The person collecting the most money had the privilege of renaming the church. That honor went to Mrs. Belle (Smith) Wesley. Completed in 1928, the current structure is a Neo-Classical Revival style building, featuring a classical pedimented portico, or porch, and four distinctive Ionic columns. An education wing was added in 1963 by the late Rev. Dr. E. E. Morgan, Jr. Akron Black architects Herbert L. Wardner and John O. Somerville designed the church, and then a Black contractor, Samuel Plato, completed the structure. The church has long been a vital religious and social focal point for Akron's Black community. The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was organized at Wesley Temple. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 3/19/94.
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HM NumberHMT7A
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number11-77
Year Placed1995
Placed ByWesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 3:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 457147 N 4548408
Decimal Degrees41.08581667, -81.51020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 5.149', W 81° 30.612'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 5' 8.94" N, 81° 30' 36.72" W
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Area Code(s)330, 234
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175-191 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Akron OH 44304, US
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