The City of Grass Valley is moving forward with its recognition of the historic site of the African Methodist Episcopal Church which was located on the 300 Block of South Church Street for almost 50 years. In February, as part of black history month, the city approved the designation of now addresses 315, 319, 321, and 323 South Church St as the site of the church and school serving African American residents from 1854 until the end of the 19th century. There are no remaining original structures from the church or school, so the designation is symbolic.
City Planner Lance Lowe says the Historical Commission also recommended an informational plaque and photograph to be placed across the street from the site.
A third recommendation was to apply for recognition through the county historic landmarks commission.
Lowe says there were over 20 public comments all in support of the designation.
Council member Bob Brandstrom, says he was pleased to learn about the importance of the former church.
Vice mayor Jan Arbuckle , says this recognition has been a long time coming.
Brandstrom paraphrased another comment about the significance of the recognition.
Prior to approving the recommendations, all council members acknowledged the importance of the black community and were appreciative of the historic commissions work in identifying the AME Church as a historical asset.