|549 Clarissa Street, Rochester NY 14608|
|585 546 5997|
Memorial A. M. E. Zion Church has the distinction of being the oldest operating Black church in the city of Rochester, having been founded in 1827 as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Their first building, erected in 1833 on Favor Street, served as the meeting grounds for notable abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and commanded national significance; its basement was the original home of Douglass' North Star newspaper. In 1907 the original structure was replaced on the same site by a new building (which still stands) incorporating a number of memorial windows honoring Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Tubman among others. At that time "Memorial" was added to the name of the church.
The congregation moved to their modern building on Clarissa Street in 1975; the memorial windows to Anthony and Tubman can still be seen there.