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In commemoration of the newly appointed Federal Holiday - we wanted to highlight one of the Queens Landmarks that once stood in Flushing’s downtown area - 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚 𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐂𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐡 - believed to have served as a stop in the Underground Railroad and is a designated site on the Flushing Freedom Mile that recognizes landmarks connected to the abolitionist movement.
Due to its sizable African American and Irish populations, downtown Flushing was referred to as 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐃𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧.
Although city officials - including Robert Moses- referred to this area as “the jungle” made up of “ramshackle dwellings” which posed “a moral problem” to the business sector, the photos of the lots surrounding the Macedonia AME Church do not show a blighted neighborhood. African American residents are seen on the streets of modest but well-kept homes and a commercial center.
In what it deemed a “twin attack on slum and traffic conditions,” the city cleared the six-acre site but spared the Macedonia AME Church.
Entering the 21st century with the hyper-gentrification of Flushing, the Macedonia AME Church was sold to a developer for nearly $12 million dollars in 2018.
Quoted from Queens College, Department of Urban Studies Prof. Terry Hum’s 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘋𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘍𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 Online Article [progressivecity.net]
Macedonia 𝘈𝘔𝘌 𝘍𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘔𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯 Terry Hum,2020; 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘈.𝘔.𝘌. 𝘊𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘩 Jason Antos for Queens Gazette, 2011 and Archival Photos of the 1850s church; 𝘍𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘓𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝟷𝟿𝟹𝟶𝘴 NYC Municipal Archives.
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