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The story of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church won’t walk a straight line. It’s a story comprised of stories, of a black congregation that walked right out of the Civil War and purchased this hallowed ground. It’s the stories of its members, from Senator Joseph E. Lee to Dr. LeMorris Prier to Sollie Mitchell, who died just before his 104th birthday in March. It’s the history of tragedy and triumph, one of the cradles of freedom in Florida.