Every Thursday during the month of February, Windsor Public Library will be highlighting photos from moments in local Black history. These photographs have been provided courtesy of Amherstburg Freedom Museum, 277 King St., Amherstburg, Ontario.
This week we feature this photo from the celebration to commemorate Bishop C.L. Morton Sr’s 17th Anniversary as pastor of the Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church in 1944. Bishop Morton (front row, center) is not only responsible for establishing the Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church, but was also an internationally renowned preacher famous for his radio ministry and for founding the Canadian and International Churches of God in Christ in the Windsor and Detroit region. Bishop Morton led six churches in the United States and in Canada was instrumental in founding five churches – in Windsor, Chatham, Harrow, Buxton and Amherstburg.
The Mt. Zion Full Gospel Church was built by the parishioners in 1939 with funds raised by donation and through preaching appointments. Since it’s opening, the church has only had two pastors – Bishop Morton Sr. and his son Bishop Morton Jr, and is recognized by the City of Windsor for its heritage value.