The 1910-11 AME Zion Church at 711 Fayette Street, Syracuse, is the oldest standing African American church building in the city of Syracuse, designed by Syracuse architect Charles Colton. Although in deteriorated condition, the building stands in its original location, with original interior and exterior details (including stained glass windows, circular staircases, and dormer windows).
Syracuse’s AME Zion Church began in 1841 under Bishop Jermain Loguen, who escaped from slavery in Tennessee to become the “king of the Underground Railroad.” Under the leadership of Rev. Daren Jaime, the current congregation of People’s AME Zion Church continues this tradition of community activism. With other Syracuse residents, they have formed the People’s Committee to Save 711 East Fayette Street.