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Tue, 09.03.1867

The Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (Richmond, VA) is Founded

*The Sixth Mount Zion Baptist was founded on this date in 1867. John Jasper organized Sixth Mount Zion in Richmond, Virginia.  He would go on to become one of the most well-known post-American Civil War Black ministers.

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church is still active and since 1869 its congregation has met at the same location in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. The modern-day church was renovated in 1925 by Black architect Charles T. Russell. The church's Historical Quilt completed in 1997 was made by members of the church's Victory Club to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the church.

The unique Architectural History of the various structures used by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church includes other information about its history. Other pastors at Mount Zion include Randolph Payton 1902-1922, A. W. Brown 1924-1967, Barry Hopkins 1968-1972, Isadore Mims 1972-1991, and John Johnson 1993.

The Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church is on both Virginia and the National Registers of Historic Places.

Reference:

SMZBC.org

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