In 1850, William H. Pitts and other members of the Sandy Ground community established an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with a connection to the New York Conference of churches and members of the Underground Railroad. The members of the Sandy Ground AME Zion Church attended the annual conferences with dynamic African American members of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, such as J.W. Lougen, who was also a part of the New York Conference. There was an Underground Railroad committee, whose members provided reports at the annual conferences. Other pastors of the church continued their attendance at the Zion annual conferences, including Reverends Isaac Coleman and Jeptha Barcroft. (Text and information courtesy of the NPS UGRR Louis Napoleon House Site Application).
Read about Rev. Pitts in the One Hundred Years of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Electronic Edition courtesy of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at: https://tinyurl.com/yyja3hv7, and https://tinyurl.com/yxn3bb26.