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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

 
 
Mt. Zion Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 21, 2010
1. Mt. Zion Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Virginia and other southern states began to legislate social segregation, along racial lines. Additional laws that imposed poll taxes and literacy tests established hurdles to voting along economic lines. Between 1900 and 1902, black voter registration in Fredericksburg dropped from 353 to 65. White voter registration dropped from 998 to 681. The era of Jim Crow had arrived.

As segregation became increasingly systematic, Mount Zion Baptist Church maintained the tradition of church leadership in the African American community. It joined both the Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) and (New Site) sanctuaries in providing a place for political meetings. In time, these institutions would participate in the broader Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, their moral position attracting the critical support of many white citizens.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
 
Location. 38° 17.964′ N, 77° 27.502′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Wolfe Street and Princess Anne Street (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling north on Wolfe Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Wolfe St & Princess Anne St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 21, 2010
2. Wolfe St & Princess Anne St
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Vibrant, But Segregated Community (here, next to this marker); Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg (about 600 feet away); John Paul Jones House (about 600 feet away); Welcome to Fredericksburg, Va (about 700 feet away); Fredericksburg United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Odd Fellows Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo with the caption, "In 1881, the Reverend Willis M. Robinson became the minister of Shiloh Baptist Church. He led the congregation that formed the Shiloh Baptist Church (New site) in 1889, and then helped to establish the Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1904."

On the bottom right is a photo with the caption, "The Mount Zion Baptist Church was first constructed as a wood frame structure. It was replaced with the current brick sanctuary after a fire in 1925."
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
Mt. Zion Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Dan Fisher, July 21, 2010
3. Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., August 20, 2010
4. Mt. Zion Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 935 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 13, 2016, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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