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Wharton in Wharton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, February 25, 2022
1. Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church Marker
The Rev. Hillary Hooks, formerly a slave on the James E. Winston plantation, organized Camp Zion Baptist Church in 1870. Winston granted land to Camp Zion trustees in 1887. A segment of the membership left and organized Rising Star Baptist Church in 1888. The Camp Zion church structure served as a school, a refuge during floods, and as a Red Cross chapter location during World War I. The Camp Zion Community Cemetery was established on land donated by the Duncan family in 1905. In 1998, the Camp Zion and Rising Star Baptist congregations reunited into a single church family, which continues to include descendants of the former slave families who founded the church.

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Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church

"Upon this rock I will build my Church"…Matthews 16:18

Founding Families
Anderson • Bryant • Coleman • Davis • Hatton • Hawkins • Hill • Hooks • Jefferson • Moses • Ray • Robertson • Runnel • Sanders • Skane • Walker • Wygal
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Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12369.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1870.
Location. 29° 23.472′ N, 96° 12.18′ W. Marker is in Wharton, Texas, in Wharton County. Marker is on West Farm to Market 1161 Road, 0.2 miles west of County Road 232, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8315 W FM 1161 Rd, Wharton TX 77488, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Jones Elliot Heard and Egypt Plantation (approx. 2 miles away); Egypt (approx. 2 miles away); Glen Flora (approx. 3.1 miles away); Joseph and Rachel Rabb Newman (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Dan Rather House (approx. 7.4 miles away); Site of Post West Bernard Station (approx. 7.6 miles away); New York, Texas & Mexican Railroad and The Community of Hungerford (approx. 7.6 miles away); Site of Quinan Community (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 8, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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