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Stop 13: Simon Temple A.M.E. Zion Church

  • Overview

    According to a deed dated November 18, 1873, a piece of land was sold by Henry McDonald to the Trustees of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of America. With this tract of land, the first substantial building was constructed with the name of Beaver Creek Chapel and steps of progress were seen. In 1887, under the leadership of Rev. M. N. Levy, an antique church bell was purchased. In October 1923, under the administration of Rev. E. Johnson McKoy, the church building was remodeled. The name was changed from Beaver Creek A. M. E. Zion Church to Simon Temple A. M. E. Zion Church on November 9, 1976, in recognition of Simon the Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry his cross.

    Hours: Exterior view only or by appointment, daily before dusk.

    Next Stop: Turn around on Yadkin Road. Continue on Yadkin Road. Yadkin Road becomes McPherson Church Road. Make a Left onto Morganton Road. Morganton Road becomes Hay Street. Make a Right onto Bradford Avenue. Make a Right onto Arsenal Avenue.

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