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Fernandina Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

New Zion Baptist Church

 
 
New Zion Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
1. New Zion Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. New Zion Baptist Church, the second oldest and largest black Baptist Church on Amelia Island, was founded on May 15, 1870 under the leadership of Reverend Lewis Cook (1834-1880). He and 69 parishioners held their first meeting in a stable on First Street and later in peoples’ homes. The 69 parishioners, supported by “Father Cook,” purchased the land for the church on April 1, 1878. The original wood church, built in 1881on the present site, was destroyed by fire on the morning of February 11, 1907. The current structure, built on the same site and completed by November 1907, was constructed of cement brick veneer and remains unchanged today. William “Billy” Rivers, a well-known black contractor, supervised the project. Reverend P.A. Callaham, Bachelor of Divinity, served as Pastor. New Zion has a historical, cultural and spiritual significance, particularly during the segregation era, when it was the leading and largest church used for graduations and other community events. Under the leadership of 22 pastors, New Zion has for over 100 years contributed to the community and remains a cherished historical site in the historic district of Fernandina Beach.

State Historic Site

 
Erected 2001 by The City of Fernandina Beach and the
New Zion Baptist Church Marker near Atlantic Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
2. New Zion Baptist Church Marker near Atlantic Avenue
Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-443.)
 
Location. 30° 40.225′ N, 81° 27.425′ W. Marker is in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on South Street near Atlantic Avenue (State Route 200) (State Road A1A), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 South Street, Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nassau County American Revolutionary War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Church (about 500 feet away); The Good Shepherd Church 1887-1966 (about 500 feet away); Memorial United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nassau County Historic Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); The Lesesne House (approx. ¼ mile away); Fairbanks Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fernandina Beach.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.
 
New Zion Baptist Church and Marker along South Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
3. New Zion Baptist Church and Marker along South Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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