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Marker, service to celebrate 175 years of Schenectady church

Church members trace 1837 roots to abolitionist Duryee

Shown is the Duryee Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1886 at its Jay Street site.
Shown is the Duryee Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1886 at its Jay Street site.
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Pauline Williams knew a lot about the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church when she moved to Schenectady around 70 years ago, but she wasn’t at all familiar with the name of Isaac Groot Duryee. Over the last few weeks that has changed. As Marsha Mortimore and others prepared for this weekend’s 175th anniversary celebration, members of the Duryee Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the first black church in the history of Schenectady, have been ...


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