Mt. Zion Methodist Church

Mt. Zion Methodist Church (HMI5J)

Location: Sumter, SC 29150 Sumter County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 55.145', W 80° 23.591'

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(Front text)
This church, with its origin in a brush arbor where services were held during the Civil War, was formally organized in 1873 with a Rev. B. James as its first pastor. Col. James D. Blanding sold the trustees a small parcel to build their first permanent church, a frame building; church trustees bought additional acreage in 1883. The first Mt. Zion Methodist Church burned in 1913.
(Reverse text)
The present church, also a frame building, replaced the first church. The cornerstone was laid in 1914; later renovations included the application of brick veneer in the 1980s. Rev. Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985), who was pastor of Mt. Zion 1975-1982, was a civil rights activist and state senator 1983-85 and the first African American in the S.C. State Senate since 1886.
HM NumberHMI5J
Marker Number43-39
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Sumter County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 9:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 556091 N 3753349
Decimal Degrees33.91908333, -80.39318333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 55.145', W 80° 23.591'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 55' 8.70" N, 80° 23' 35.46" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 130 Loring Mill Rd, Sumter SC 29150, US
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