History: St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, Ithaca, NY is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Its significance to the Black community began during the anti-slavery movements of the mid-19th century and persists to the present. Figures such as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass are known to have visited St. James. Highly significant Black Greek organizations such as the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. trace their origins to St. James. Members of those organizations used the Church as a meeting site. It is among the first A.M.E. Zion Black churches in the nation, chartered in 1833. The original stone meeting house is still visible in its foundation.
Capital Restoration Campaign:
Unfortunately, St. James is in urgent need of immediate repairs and significant restoration work that adheres to historic preservation standards. To preserve this landmark symbol in the history of Black struggle and in the Finger Lakes’ rich map toward freedom and abolition, we need your help!
Immediate repairs needed include:
Contractor bids for these items are approximately $265,000.
St. James is also looking to join Ithaca’s Green New Deal by electrifying the church’s heating system!
We are working with Blocpower to find supplemental grants to support this work. However, the church is still expected to finance approximately $35,000 for the insulation and heating system.
No amount is too small! Even a $5 donation will be uplifted in our prayers and services.
If your heart moves you in a bigger way, we invite you to become a St. James Capital Campaign Sponsor.
We have five sponsorship levels:
Friends of St. James: $1-99
Partners of St. James: $100-$999
Bronze Sponsor $1,000-$2,999
Silver Sponsor $3,000-$4,999
Gold Sponsor $5,000-infinity
Sponsors and their organizational logos will be added to our website and regularly acknowledged in our publicity, services, and prayers.
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