ABOUT

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Welcome to Gabriel Chapel AME Zion Church 

Gabriel Chapel AME Zion Church is listed as a historic landmark in the city of Chesapeake. It sits in the Long Ridge community of Chesapeake, also known as "Cuffeytown." The community was settled and developed by the first freed slaves in Virginia, many of whom were descendants of Paul Cuffee. The church, built in 1866, maintains its original architectural structure and still has the original church bell enclosed in its roof. It is listed in the Virginia historic registry as it is the burial site for 13 Civil War soldiers known as the "Cuffeytown 13." Today, there are members of the church who direct descendants of the original settlers and who have artifacts of their descendants who fought in the Civil War who were known as Buffalo Soldiers. It is worth a visit to see this historic landmark!