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Ruth Zion

 

Ruth Zion Church

 

Phone: 631-286-4923
Address: 105 Station Road, Bellport

 


 

The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Bellport Celebrates its 184th Anniversary

The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was the very first church, and is the only Black Church, in Bellport Village. It was founded in 1833 and the theme for their anniversary celebration, held at the Bellport Country Club, was, "184 years of Taking A Leap of Faith." According to The Pastor, Rev. Madge Haughton Thompson, “At Ruth AME Zion Church, everybody is somebody.”

From Images of America, Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet, by Victor Principe

“The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Station Road is the oldest church in Bellport. The building, formerly a modest home, dates from 1827 and was moved twice. It has been in its present location since 1926, when it was enlarged under the supervision of Rev. T. Edwards. Before the Civil War, this church was alleged to be a link in the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada. The Building and land were deeded to the church by Charles Osborn and revert to the Osborn family if it ever ceases to be used as a church. (Courtesy Robert Duckworth.)

In 1838, Rev. Dea. Charles Carle, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Bellport, the earlier name of the church, worked for Charles Osborn and his son Henry Osborn. Oral tradition has it that a young Charles Carle was owned by one of the Bell brothers, who gave him his freedom that allowed him to work as a freeman and found his church. Slavery did not officially end in New York State until 1833." (Courtesy Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.)

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