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Old 02-11-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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I was wondering, what are some communities that you know that surprisingly have such churches? I ask because when I was in the Army at Fort Drum, NY by Watertown, I came across an ole AME Zion church there that many people don't know about by the name of Thomas Memorial AME Zion church. It's been there since 1878 in a city that really had a Black community that probably didn't even make up 1% of the city's population before Fort Drum reactivated in 1987. Some other cities in Upstate NY that surprised me in this way were Saratoga Springs with Dyer Phelps AME Zion church, Olean with Bethel AME church, Gloversville with Peoples AME church, Johnstown's AME Zion church and Corning's Friendship Baptist church, which was started by families that came from the Troy, Alabama area in 1919. What got me was how long ago these churches were started too. Other similar cities in Upstate like Auburn, Geneva, Ithaca, Elmira, Rome, Jamestown, Rome, Plattsburgh and Lockport, among others has such churches too.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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chkthankgod, are there a lot of baptist churches in upstate NY?
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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chkthankgod, are there a lot of baptist churches in upstate NY?
Yes, actually my father was a pastor at one here in Syracuse. You have to remember that many of the Black communities up here are made up of people that just came from the South within the last 60 years, give or take. Some of the smaller cities I mentioned have Baptist churches too.

I also grew up in a Church of God In Christ church, which we have our share of too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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I was surprised to find an AME church in Iowa City, IA, a town with virtually no historical black population.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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mEMPHIS tENNESSE Church of God In Christ
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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I went to a black church (im white) in Newark because my mothers best friend was black, I loved it! The choir is amazing at that church. Whitney Houston was there once when i was there, she used to sing there occasionally (she went to that church growing up; I'm not sure if she still goes)

It's a really nice church. I haven't been there in a long time! I haven't been there since probably 2001.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9dDFe2gxo8
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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I went to a black church (im white) in Newark because my mothers best friend was black, I loved it! The choir is amazing at that church. Whitney Houston was there once when i was there, she used to sing there occasionally (she went to that church growing up; I'm not sure if she still goes)

It's a really nice church. I haven't been there in a long time! I haven't been there since probably 2001.


YouTube - Whitney Houston sings at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ
Her mom Cissy was a good singer too. Dionne Warwick is her distant cousin I think too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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There are historically black churches in Phoenix and Tucson that, in some cases, have been around for almost a century.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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I was surprised to find an AME church in Iowa City, IA, a town with virtually no historical black population.
Yeah, that kind of surprises me too. Maybe, it is a city with an underground railroad history.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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There are historically black churches in Phoenix and Tucson that, in some cases, have been around for almost a century.
Really? I guess that could have due to the Western migration after WWI or from the small community that might have formed due to a military presence in both areas. I'm guessing the Phoenix churches are in the South Mountain area.
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