by Bill Batson
Men and women who survived American slavery built St. Charles African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church in Sparkill in 1865. This sanctuary is a monument to a church movement that included abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Led by Rev. Louis Sanders since 1981, St. Charles is directly linked to the period of history chronicled in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.