Clinton Church Restoration is a nonprofit organization formed to save, preserve and repurpose the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church at 9 Elm Court in downtown Great Barrington.
The Clinton Church since its founding in 1886 has been a model of the Black Church which emerged after the Civil War and emancipation. A place of worship, education, political and social activism, and entertainment. It was the singular place where the African American community could come together to unite long-time residents of the community and newcomers from the South and chart its own destiny. And it was the institution whose pastors could and did speak for the African American community.
It influenced the thinking of W.E.B. Du Bois about the central role of the church in the African American community. As a scholar he pioneered the study of the Black Church; his first experience with that church was as a youngster at the Clinton Church in the 1870s.