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The Rev. Lisa Williamson welcomes Ryann Hudson, 7, (Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

The Rev. Lisa Williamson welcomes Ryann Hudson, 7, of Roosevelt, as a new member of Port Washington's Mount Olive AME Church. Behind Williamson, from left, are Gail Jenkins of Westbury, Jennifer Scipio of Laurelton, Queens, and Casey Bohanon of Hicksville. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Music, people and gospel

Mount Olive and Long Island's other AME churches have thrived from slavery through superstorm Sandy.

Casey Bohanon, 31, of Hicksville, is baptized by
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Casey Bohanon, 31, of Hicksville, is baptized by the Rev. Lisa Williams at Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington during Sunday service. (Jan. 13, 2013)

The Rev. Lisa Williamson welcomes Ryann Hudson, 7,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

The Rev. Lisa Williamson welcomes Ryann Hudson, 7, of Roosevelt, as a new member of Port Washington's Mount Olive AME Church. Behind Williamson, from left, are Gail Jenkins of Westbury, Jennifer Scipio of Laurelton, Queens, and Casey Bohanon of Hicksville. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Photograph of William
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Photograph of William "Pop" Biddle, born in 1866, husband of Minnie Biddle and one of the founders of Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 16, 2013)

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Portrait of Minnie Biddle, born in 1870, who
(Credit: Robin Dahlberg)

Portrait of Minnie Biddle, born in 1870, who lived her life in Port Washington and was one of the founding members of the Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington.

From left, Cheryl Mayers, 50, of West Hempstead,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

From left, Cheryl Mayers, 50, of West Hempstead, Holly Dumpson, 55, of Port Washington, Edith Hall, 76, of Port Washington and Lukeisha Paul, 34, of Lynbrook, participate in a Bible study class at Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 16, 2013)

The building that houses Port Washington's Mount Olive
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

The building that houses Port Washington's Mount Olive AME Church was once a boat house on Mill Pond before being moved to its present location in the early 1900s and transformed into a church. (Jan. 13, 2013)

The Rev. Lisa Williamson, 44, of West Hempstead,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

The Rev. Lisa Williamson, 44, of West Hempstead, delivers a Sunday sermon to the congregation at the Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Standing, from left, Isaiah Babb, 16, of Lakeville,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Standing, from left, Isaiah Babb, 16, of Lakeville, Lauren Gissentanna, 15, of Freeport, Yami Uter, 15, of West Hempstead, Chyree Counts, 16, of Uniondale, and Dana Joseph, 18, of Brooklyn, practice singing with Denzel McKenzie, 17, of Lakeview, on piano, before a service at Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 18, 2013)

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Edith Hall, 76, of Port Washington, participates in
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Edith Hall, 76, of Port Washington, participates in Sunday services at the Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 13, 2013)

Hymnals with songs and spirituals compiled by officials
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Hymnals with songs and spirituals compiled by officials and historians of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are placed throughout Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Robert Williamson, 7, of West Hempstead, attends the
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Robert Williamson, 7, of West Hempstead, attends the Sunday service at the Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington that his mother, the Rev. Lisa Williamson, leads. (Jan. 13, 2013)

LaTarsha Hudson, 34, left, of Roosevelt, holds hands
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

LaTarsha Hudson, 34, left, of Roosevelt, holds hands with daughter Ryann Hudson, 7, and other congregants at the Sunday worship service at Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 13, 2013)

From left, Linda Pearce, 59, of Jamaica, Queens,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

From left, Linda Pearce, 59, of Jamaica, Queens, Casey Bohanon, 31, of Hicksville, and Jennifer Scipio, 56, of Laurelton, are presented to the Mount Olive AME congregation in Port Washington just after their baptism during Sunday service. (Jan. 13, 2013)

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Casey Bohanon, 31, of Hicksville, participates in Sunday
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Casey Bohanon, 31, of Hicksville, participates in Sunday services at the Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 13, 2013)

From left, Edith Hall, 76, of Port Washington,
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

From left, Edith Hall, 76, of Port Washington, Jennifer Scipio, 56, of Laurelton, Queens, Dolores Holiday of Port Washington, Lukeisha Paul, 34, of Lynbrook, Cheryl Mayers, 50, of West Hempstead , and Holly Dumpson, 55, of Port Washington, come before the altar of Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington, and the Rev. Lisa Williamson, 44, of West Hempstead, to pray at the end of a Bible study class. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Parishioners participate in a service kicking off a
(Credit: Robin L. Dahlberg)

Parishioners participate in a service kicking off a special program for women at Mount Olive AME Church in Port Washington. (Jan. 18, 2013)

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