Rockford Research

First African-American Churches in Rockford

Allen Chapel, 206 S. Winnebago St. Rockford, IL 61101, (815) 962-3725 - The only Black Church in Rockford until 1925. In the beginning, African-Americans of all denominations attended this church.

New Zion Missioary Baptist Church, 604 Wall Street, Rockford, IL (815) 964-3114

Pilgram Baptist Church, 1703 S. Central Ave., Rockford, IL (815) 968-4449

Bethel Baptist Church, 724 Harrison, Rockford, IL (815) 397-8775

Jefferson Horton American Legion Post - First and only African-American post in Rockford

African-American Newspaper at the Rockford Public Library - The Crusader

That Men Should Know So Little of Men by Barbara Chapman - a book about some of Rockford's earliest African-American settlers

Booker Washington Center, 524 Kent Street, Rockford, IL (815) 968-8861

Questions about African-Americans in Rockford - e-mail Johnella McIntoush