Photograph: Mount Zion AME Church members in the early 20th century


Photograph: Mount Zion AME Church members in the early 20th century


One of the earliest photographs of church members at Mount Zion AME Church, taken in the early decades of the twentieth century. The group stands on the front steps of the church building located at 25 Division St. in New Brunswick.

This photograph has been reproduced in at least two separate publications with conflicting information about the date and the occasion pictured here. It might be a photograph of church members in 1900. Or it might be a photograph of a group of church dignitaries sometime between 1914 and 1917.

In 1977, this photograph appeared in the anniversary publication called 150 Years with Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church New Brunswick, New Jersey (White Plains, NY: Monarch Publishing, 1977). In the book, the photograph appeared with this caption: "A group of church dignitaries on the church steps during the pastorate of Revered Morrishow (1914–1917)."

Two years later, this same photograph was printed in the New Brunswick newspaper Home News on May 10, 1979, under the headline "From the Files of the Home News." The following caption appeared in the newspaper:

"Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church at 25 Division St., New Brunswick, was already 73 years old when this photo was taken in 1900 of church members. The oldest black congregation in Middlesex County, it was founded in 1826. In its nearly 152 years, the church has served as a social center as well as a house of worship and a base for civil rights activists and intercultural understanding. The congregation is currently raising funds for a new church at New and Neilson streets."


1900s/1910s (reprinted in 1970s)




Alice Jennings Archibald History Library, Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick

Archival location

Series: Photographs


“Photograph: Mount Zion AME Church members in the early 20th century,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed July 19, 2024,