Absalom Jones

Established a church during the American Revolutioon

His Legacy

The life and legacy of The Reverend Absalom Jones is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, his faith, and his commitment to the causes of freedom, justice and self-determination

During the Revolutionary War

Absalom Jones was born into slavery in Sussex County, Delaware on November 6, 1746. During the 72 years of his life, he grew to become one of the foremost leaders among persons of African descent during the post-revolutionary period.

His Life

Piece of the American Puzzle

A.M.E. Zion Church Worldwide

The church grew rapidly with the ordination of black ministers, but was mostly confined to the northern United States until the conclusion of the American Civil War. In the first decade after the war, together with the AME Church, it sent missionaries to the South to aid freedmen. The two African-American denominations gained hundreds of thousands of new members in the South, who responded to their missionaries and organizing efforts.[4] Today, the AME Zion church has more than 1.4 million members,[5] with outreach activities in many areas around the world. An individual member is sometimes referred to as being a "Zion Methodist".[6]

The AME Zion church has been in negotiations for many years to merge with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church into a tentatively named Christian Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The plan was originally for unification by 2004. The AME Zion church has insisted on continuing to have "African" in the name.[7] AME Zion church is very similar in doctrine and practice to CME church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church