Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Rehabilitation Project

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Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church Exterior Timelapse, September 21, 2022 to January 8, 2024. Notable changes include chimney reconstruction, window replacement on the parsonage building, archeological excavation, installation of the church steeple, painting on the exterior of the church, construction of the permanent porch on the parsonage, landscape rehabilitation, installation of sidewalks and an accessible ramp on the church, and installation of permanent doors on the church.

 
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Thompson A.M.E. Zion Church Interior Timelapse, April 29, 2022 to January 8, 2024. Notable changes include plaster work, reproduction stenciling, historic stencil preservation, painting, installation of reproduction light fixtures, stripping and refinishing of wainscoting, mock-up of historic altar rail, and sanding of floors.

 

In 2022, the National Park Service broke ground on a rehabilitation project many years in the making. Beginning in spring of this year, contractors working closely with Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and the NPS Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering directorate began the laborious and painstaking process of rehabilitating the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the adjacent parsonage.
The purposes of this project are:

  • Stabilize the two structures, which are currently unsafe for entrance.
  • Prevent any further deterioration of building features which date back to the period of significance for the property (Harriet Tubman’s lifetime).
  • Provide opportunities for the community and all park visitors to forge personal connections to Harriet Tubman and her legacy by experiencing the place where she worshipped, celebrated, and worked.
  • Provide accessible facilities for visitor comfort, information, and education.
  • Provide on-site workspace for National Park Service staff.
Please check back to this site for project status updates and reports as we follow this exciting work to its completion.
 

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    Last updated: January 11, 2024

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    Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
    P.O. Box 769

    Auburn, NY 13021-0769

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    (315) 568-0024
    There is currently no on-site staff at Harriet Tubman NHP. Rangers from our sister park, Women's Rights NHP in Seneca Falls, will take all calls until further notice.

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