African Zion Baptist Church

4104 Malden Dr., Malden, West Virginia

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Malden Historic District, African Zion Baptist Church

1. VIEW TO SOUTH

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

This church is regarded as the mother church for black Baptists in West Virginia. The congregation was formally organized circa 1852. Among its early members was Booker T. Washington, who came back to Malden after the Civil War and served as the church clerk and Sunday School leader in the late 1870s. The building was erected in 1872 and remains largely unchanged from its original condition. The building was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and is one of three structures rated as pivotal in the Malden Historic District. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS WV-210-6)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1974
Reference number
74002010
Areas of significance
Religion; Social History
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1872

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2014: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Corrected GPS coordinates

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