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Our Global History

Near the corner of Hulett (Harriet Tubman Way) and Albany Street in Schenectady, NY stands one of the oldest African American churches in the region. The Rev. Isaac Duryee founded the first African American church in the city in 1837. Duryee Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church was built at 116 Jay St., where a sign denoting its historical significance stands today. The church itself later moved to 307 Hulett Street. Two years ago during its 180th year Anniversary, the Schenectady City Council recognized the Duryee Memorial Church with a ceremonial resolution honoring its role in the community. The church is vital to community members making its longevity not just impressive, but critical to those who have been coming back for decades.  Where we strive to: "Enter to Worship - Depart to Serve.
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