Abyssinian Church, Portland, ca. 1890
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The Abyssinian Church at the corner of Mountfort and Newbury streets, established in 1828, served as the spiritual, geographic and social center for Portland's African-American community. In 1900 antiquarian Charles Q. Goodhue put memory to paper in this sketch of the Abyssinian Church as it appeared before the Civil War. Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church on Sheridan Street carried forward the 19th century legacy of service and community.