Another of Harlem’s great gospel churches is this African Methodist Episcopal house of worship, the first black church to be founded in New York State. Established on John Street in lower Manhattan in 1796, Mother A.M.E. was known as the “Freedom Church” for the central role it played in the Underground Railroad. Among the escaped slaves the church hid was Frederick Douglass; other famous congregants have included Sojourner Truth and Paul Robeson. Mother A.M.E. relocated to Harlem in 1914 and moved into this grand edifice in 1925. Rousing Sunday services are at 11am.