St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church
The St. Paul AME congregation dates back to 1870. The original church structure, a brick vernacular building with Gothic and Romanesque detailing, was erected in downtown Tampa between 1906 and 1917. With its large sanctuary, balcony and basement, this church was the site of numerous civil rights meetings in the 1950s and 1960s. Former Florida NAACP State Field Director, Robert W. Saunders, was a life-long member of the church.