Worshippers left Zoar Methodist Episcopal church because of religious discrimination and segregation. Aspiring to have religious freedom and their own place of worship these devout Christians sacrificed their homes to mass enough equity to make this possible. Hence AME Union was founded in 1809.
The congregation's first church was at Fairmount below 5th Street in 1816, but moved in 1884 to a new edifice, located at 16th Fairmount Streets.
On May 11, 1952 there was a third move to a church, which was acquired at 16th and Jefferson Street.
Cummings C, Frank, Dixon H. John, Wynn A. Henry, Scott-Singletons M. Thelma, and Green A. P. Patricia.
The First Episcopal Districtís Historical Review of 200 years of African Methodism. Greenlick & Ronald Weinman1987