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Quinn Chapel AME Church

This application is nominating Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Brooklyn, Illinois (originally called the Brooklyn AME Church). One of the earliest AME churches in the state, the church was part of the Brooklyn community, an antebellum town home to many free blacks and former slaves and a well acknowledged stop on the Underground Railroad.Founded by black abolitionists William Paul Quinn and Priscilla Baltimore in 1839, members of the congregation, including Baltimore and the Carper family, were active agents in the Underground Railroad. It is also associated with Jordan Winston Early, another AME preacher and abolitionist who is said to have built the first church building. The oral tradition passed down in the town names the pre-Civil War church building as a station on the Underground Railroad. Although no longer in its original location, Quinn Chapel is still an active church and remains a vital social institution 174 years after its founding. Furthermore, the current church stands on property once owned by Priscilla Baltimore, and it is believed that she utilized the surviving basement as a place to hide freedom seekers.


Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 108 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, St. Clair, 62059

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Reverend Charisse N. Woods

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: A.M.E. Church

UGRR Operatives: Jordan Winston Early,Priscilla Baltimore,William Paul Quinn

Religious Denominations: Other