Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
On Sunday, April 2, 1865, the day the Evacuation of Richmond began, John Jasper preached at the Armory Rolling Mills, next to Tredegar Iron Works.
In September, 1867, Rev. Jasper formed a church on Brown's Island "in a little, old wooden shanty" which had been a stable. After a year, the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church needed larger quarters and in 1869 moved to its present location on Duval Street in Jackson Ward.
"He is a man of great natural ability. The common and plain way and manner he preaches is only in keeping with the openness and candor of his heart... He is of lowly origin, in this he is not unlike thousands of others; owes his fame to no line of illustrious ancestors, but to his own honest exertions and character." -Statement of Deacons and Officers of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1884.
Location. 37° 33.022′ N, 77° 26.299′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Duval Street and Cameo Street, on the right when traveling west Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 West Duval Street, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (about 700 feet away); Friends Asylum for Colored Orphans (about 700 feet away); Charles Sidney Gilpin (about 800 feet away); Leigh Street Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Legacy on Leigh Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quality Row (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. On the left is a photograph of "John Jasper" (Photo by Cook, Courtesy of Valentine Museum)
On the right is a drawing of "A Jasper Baptism". The caption reads, "The day after the Free Bridge opened in 1873, Rev. Jasper led his congregation to Johnson's Island for a large baptism ceremony. Thousands crowded the Bridge and shore to watch." (Print from W.L. Sheppard drawing, Courtesy of Virginia Sate Library)
Also see . . .
1. John Jasper (1812-1901). VCU Libraries Special Collections (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. (Submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 800 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on November 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.