|City/Town: • Pine Bluff|
|Location Class: • Church|
|Year Built: • N/A|
|Year Abandoned: • 2004|
|Status: • Abandoned • Gutted|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson|
Located on the periphery of Pine Bluff, Mt. Zion African Methodist-Episcopal (AME) Church shut down in April of 2004. It’s history is somewhat of a mystery; most documents have been either misplaced, destroyed, or stolen. The last pastor was Rev. Selma L. Moore whom we could not contact for a comment. The building still stands, though the mostly empty rooms cause a haunting echo like the leftover reverberations of the choir. The pews have been completely removed for use in other churches and the overgrown foliage reflect the distraught nature of the building itself. The only visible sign of the once thriving community is a handwritten sign advertising their last supper, a $5.00/plate fish dinner.
Article written by Wells Thompson – AAR staff