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Near Orange in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Little Zion Baptist Church

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 9, 2021
1. Little Zion Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  At the end of the Civil War, African Americans constituted a majority of the congregation of the white-led Zion Baptist Church, organized nearby in 1813. Exercising newfound autonomy after emancipation, black members withdrew and established Little Zion Baptist Church ca. 1870. The congregation first met in members' houses and then worshipped under a brush arbor before building a frame sanctuary on land donated by the Rev. Allen Banks, the church's second pastor. Many of the early members resided in Goffney Town, Little Egypt, and Little Zion, communities of freedpeople in this vicinity. The congregation moved into a new sanctuary here, 0.3 mile north of the old church, in 2001.
 
Erected 2020 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ-37.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1813.
 
Location. 38° 12.844′ N, 78° 6.759′ W. Marker is near Orange, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Tomahawk Creek Road (Virginia Route 637) 0.1
Little Zion Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 9, 2021
2. Little Zion Baptist Church Marker
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miles east of Old Gordonsville Road (Route 647), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15116 Tomahawk Creek Rd, Orange VA 22960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mayhurst (approx. 1.3 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 1.7 miles away); Orange Graded School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Capt. Andrew Maples Jr., Tuskegee Airman (approx. 2 miles away); St. Thomas Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Crosthwaite Alley (approx. 2.1 miles away); Town of Orange (approx. 2.1 miles away); Historic Downtown Orange (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Last updated on April 12, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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