Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church


Mt. Zion AME Church is located at 623 S. Magnolia Avenue near downtown Ocala. Established in 1871, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

32 comments:

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Love the blue trim!

Olivier said...

magnifique, l'église brille avec cette blancheur.
splendid, the church shines with this whiteness.

melanie said...

Eglise très étonnante pour nous qui sommes habitués aux édifices en pierres !

Merci de votre visite sur mon blog : je ne suis pas photographe extraordinaire : j'ai seulement eu la chance de trouver de beaux paysages et un beau ciel !

Vogon Poet said...

I understand why they added this building to the Register, this church is perfect in its own way.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I like that the blue trim on the church matches the blue sky. This is classic church architecture.

magiceye said...

so pretty

Sean said...

Looks alot newer than the date suggests... either the architect was ahead of its time or very well maintained... alot of churches in your area Jacob?

Kcalpesh said...

Once again James, a wonderful structure caught by you in a superb composition.

Marie Reed said...

It's a beaut! I bet that it's rockin' on Sunday!

Hilda said...

That white church is just dazzling! I love the light blue accent around the windows and door — matches your beautiful blue sky perfectly!

Lois said...

I like that blue trim around the windows and door too! It really is a beautiful church.

Jacob said...

@ Sean - This is part of the Bible Belt. We have over 200 Baptist churches alone. Then we have representative churches from all the other denominations, plus a bunch of independent types.

The old saw about "a church on every corner" is almost true in this part of the US!

Halcyon said...

Wonderful church. The look is simple. I like it alot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the different kind of steeple pointing to the heavens.

Prospero said...

The windows are great. The front door looks a little too modern for my liking.

Tricia said...

with the blue trim, it looks no nice against that blue blue sky!

Jarart said...

It's an attractive building with a wonderful blue sky.

Leif Hagen said...

Heavenly photo! I wonder if they had a special service there yesterday? I love the beautiful windows and architecture. An old church?

Daryl said...

lovely old building ... nice shot!

Don and Krise said...

Man, it looks so meticulously maintained. It should be around for some time.

Lee Spangler said...

The concept is a lttle too primitive for my liking.

cieldequimper said...

This is dazzling! WOnderful church!

James said...

That's a great picture and very intereting. I've never heard of an African Methodiost Episcopal church. I wonder if the congregation consists mostly of people from a certain African country, also I wonder if the services are held in English or multiple languages.
Pretty cool.

JM said...

I like the way you've worked this shot.

m_m said...

Looks interesting! I like the tower and windows! Nice composition of colours with the blue sky:)

Jacob said...

@ James - The African Methodist Episcopal Church is a large denomination that originated in this country and is comprised primarily of African-Americans. It was established as a counterpoint to other denominations which treated blacks as inferiors. You can read more about it here:
http://www.ame-church.com/

Jacob said...

@ Lee - I think, Lee, if you check out the link I wrote in a response to James, you'll find that the AME was, in fact, quite ahead of its time...and provided a haven for the black community where they could be proud of who they were.

Even today that works for them. 'Cause I'll betcha they aren't going to feel welcome at the big Presbyterian church a few blocks away.

James said...

Ah. I've heard of AME churches but I never knew what it stood for until now. the concept seems a little out dated imho.
The funny thing is that I'm black and Christian. Just call me post racial. :-)
Thanks for the info Jacob!

Jacob said...

@ James - "Post racial" - I like that!

Tash said...

Wonderful architectural photo. I like the precision of the church against the sublty swearly (sp?) sky and the complimentary blues betw. the windows and the sky.

Dan J. said...

What a great old church. That old saying of "They don;t make them like they used to" is sure true.

This is what churches are supposed to look like. Not the crystal palaces they build today.

Rose said...

What a church...I love it. Just something about it seems so clean.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson