Foster Memorial AME Zion Church

Foster Memorial AME Zion Church

The Foster Memorial AME Zion Church is located on Wildey Street in Tarrytown, New York. Formed in 1860, it is the oldest black church in Westchester County and possibly one of the oldest in the state.

During the US Civil War it was a stop on the Underground Railroad. One of the church's founders was herself an escaped slave, as were many parishioners. They helped slaves either continue to Canada or settle in Tarrytown if they wished. The church has played a major role in Tarrytown's African-American community ever since.

The church's brick building, designed by local architect James Bird, was opened in 1865. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

This significant site was added to the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County in 2004 as part of a mission to “preserve and interpret the legacy and contributions that people of African descent have made to the development of our unique American identity.” It is one of only 13 such sites.