Site Registration | Find a Copy | Event Calendar | Site Map
The Voice of the Black Community

Life and Religion

Little Rock AME Zion reclaims historic sanctuary
Published Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:00 am
by Staff reports

The historic Little Rock AME Zion Church sanctuary again belongs to its original congregation.

The building, known as “Old Little Rock,” was the site of the former Afro-American Cultural Center for 30 years. The center moved to Center City and was renamed the Harvey Gantt Center.

The city of Charlotte, which bought old Little Rock in 1979 to house the AACC, sold it back to the congregation in April for $590,000.

The old sanctuary, built in 1910, was an anchor in the First Ward community until 1981 when Little Rock moved to its present site.  The former sanctuary was designated a historical landmark in 1982, renovated and leased to the AACC.

Little Rock’s congregation originally tried to lease the sanctuary when the Afro Center left before moving forward with a proposal to buy the city-owned property.

“We are pleased that this treasure will be returned to us so that we can enhance our ability to serve the community,” Little Rock Pastor Rev. Dwayne Anthony Walker said. “We plan to house our Community Development Corporation in that facility as well as offer other agencies that share the same objectives of giving persons a hand up, administrative and program space.”

The historic church was home to bishops J. Clinton Hoggard and George J. Leake, general officers, and a long list of influential pastors.


Leave a Comment

Send this page to a friend

Upcoming Events

read all

2nd Saturday

July 14 – Crank the Heat What’s


Keeper Talks

Meet a resident bird and an expert keeper in


Vulture Feedings at Carolina Raptor Center

Did you know that vultures like to play with

Latest News

read all

Different day, same result: NCFC tops Charlotte Independence 3-0

Jacks fall to 1-6 all-time after loss

NC lawmakers introduce paid family leave guarantee for all workers

Bill sponsored by Charlotte Rep. Nasif Majeed

Resurrection: Livingstone College security officers save baby’s life

Quick action brings infant back from the dead