Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church
African American Heritage Tour
— New River Gorge National River, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
In 1870 the Quinnimont Charter Oak and Iron Company built an iron furnace on Laurel Creek, which operated for three years. The main line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was completed through the gorge in the spring of 1873, and by fall the first shipment of coal was transported out of Quinnimont, making it the first mining town of New River Gorge. The town boasted a general store, post office, baseball field, hotel, jail, and railroad boarding houses. There were separate churches and schools that served the black and white communities. Housing of residents was strategically segregated between racial and ethnic groups: black from white, Welsh and English from Irish, and Italian from Polish.
As a direct result of the increasing numbers of African Americans in the New River Gorge, the New River Baptist Association was formed in 1884. A huge component of the black community was organizing a church. Members were enthusiastic about attending Sunday services and other events. Black churches, like Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church, served the spiritual needs of individuals within the community through regular Sunday meetings,
Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church, established in 1880, was one of the first African American churches in the New River Gorge.
Members of the Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church
pose for a photo.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 37° 51.367′ N, 81° 2.767′ W. Marker is in Quinnimont, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Stanford Road (West Virginia Route 41) 0.2 miles north of County Road 41/27, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5983 Stanaford Rd, Prince WV 25907, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fayette County / Raleigh County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Camp Prince Army Station (approx. 2˝ miles away); Army Camp (approx. 2.9 miles away); Layland Mine Disaster (approx. 6.1 miles away); Skidders and Boomboats (approx. 6.1 miles
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