African-American church a ‘most endangered historic resource,’ agency says | The Berkshire Eagle


By Heather Bellow, The Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON — A group trying to preserve a building that was home to one of the first African-American churches in Berkshire County will now have a little extra support from a statewide advocacy group.

Preservation Massachusetts has placed the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church property on Elm Court on its Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources list.

The Plymouth-based nonprofit agency began the list in 1993 to draw attention — and hopefully money — to historic structures that are at risk of being lost to neglect.

The deconsecrated church, completed in 1887, was long the spiritual, political and cultural meeting place for black people who streamed north during post-Civil War Reconstruction and settled…

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