Clinton Church Restoration

Restoration: Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington

clinton church restoration project - great barringtonIn November 2016 about 25 people from the community gathered to discuss options for purchasing, restoring, and preserving the history and legacy of Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington. Present were elected officials, members of the former congregation, local historians, activists, preservationists, civil rights scholars, W.E.B. Dubois scholars, and concerned citizens.

All share a love for the church building, and a desire to see it preserved. This was a strategy meeting, and did not include “programming” or discussions on the ultimate use, as there is some urgency to acquire the property and implement some stop gap measures to prevent further damage from the leaking roof.

The community present offered pro bono legal services, financial support, informational support, PR, graphic design, fundraising,  grant writing and exploration, and one person was already problem solving to find contractors who would donate services to the project for the emergency roof patch and some basic gutting that needs to happen before winter.

A solution for the purchase of the church was proposed, which includes creating a new nonprofit organization to hold title to the building (at least through the acquisition / restoration phases), plus partnering with the regional non profit Housatonic Heritage, which will provide fiduciary services.


Public Meeting:

Clinton Church Restoration’s goal is to create a vital and self-sustaining entity for community use that celebrates and honors this history. We need your ideas on how best to do this. Please join us for a public visioning session:
  • Monday, March 6
  • 7-8:30 PM
  • First Congregational Church, 251, Main Street, Great Barrington, Mass.
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Veronica Jackson, an interpretative master planner and architecture-trained museum exhibit designer, will facilitate the session. The principal and senior designer of the Jackson Design Group has been engaged by CCR to create a plan for the project. She has worked on culturally significant and historically prominent projects around the country such as the African Voices exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Discovering the Civil War at the National Archives and Records Administration, and the W.E.B. Du Bois homesite in Great Barrington.

Please come share your ideas, learn more, and get involved in the creative visioning process for the Clinton Church project. If you cannot attend, we welcome your input via email. Please send by March 1 and include your name and a phone number where we may contact you.


Please Donate to the Clinton Church Restoration Fund!

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  • Donate by Mail:

Housatonic Heritage
PO Box 611
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Checks must be made payable to: ‘Housatonic Heritage’, and include in the MEMO line: ‘Clinton Church Restoration’


100% of donations received through this portal are used exclusively for the acquisition and restoration of the Clinton Church. All donations are tax deductible to the extent that your personal finances allow.

Our goal is to restore and preserve the the church building in a manner that celebrates Great Barrington’s history, W.E.B. Dubois, and the local African American community.

We estimate that we need to raise approximately $100,000 to purchase the building and shore it up for winter to prevent further deterioration.

Contact Us: SaveAMEChurch@gmail.com


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