About Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church

Church History

Sandie Cornish was born a slave in Maryland around 1793. In 1839, his master hired him out to work on the Tallahassee-St. Marks Railroad. Cornish bought his freedom for $3,200 but lost his papers in a fire. Unable to prove he was a freedman, Cornish was captured by six slave-catchers who intended to sell him at a market in New Orleans. He escaped from the slavers and to prevent himself from being recaptured, he stood in the public square of Port Leon, and severely maimed himself. Cornish had rendered himself unable to work and thereby worthless as a slave. Cornish and his wife moved to Key West, where they helped establish the Cornish Chapel of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1864. Currently known as Cornish Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. It is the oldest African American church in South Florida. This church is also a historical site. The stain glass windows represents significant historical events in the Bible. The front stain glass is stated to be the eye of God. There are monuments of Sandie Cornish in Key West, in Mallory Square Park and the Key West Cemetery. 

Currently: 501c3, Non-Profit. Donations as follows: Mail or by Givelify. www.cornishmemorialamezion.com

702 Whitehead Street Key West, FL 33040 

Our Mission

"Winning Souls for Christ"! "Beyond The Walls"

Recruit, Affirm, Prayer & Praise

We are a Bible Teaching, Bible Believing, Evangelist Ministry making disciples of all.

Schedule of Services



Church  School                                             9:15 A.M.

Praise Team                                                 10:00 A.M.

Sunday Morning Service                       10:00 A.M.




Bible Study - Thursdays


1st Monday/s Monthly

Pray Call    7:00 A.M. Call: 857-232-0476,,815972