Albany’s oldest church honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
There was a unique celebration of service to others over the weekend in Albany.
The celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held Sunday at Israel AME Church. The church is Upstate New York’s oldest Black church.
The church was started in 1828 on Hamilton Street in Albany and was a station on the Underground Railroad, helping enslaved people to gain their freedom.
Renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman was among the “conductors” who helped free slaves using space and a tunnel provided by the church.
Now the church is also known for its food pantry and soup kitchen, which feeds thousands of hungry people each year.
The service on Sunday was to raise awareness about hunger in Albany and included reenactors who portrayed Tubman and civil rights leader Frederick Douglass.