Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church (HMMAR)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.964', W 77° 27.502'

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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Virginia and other southern states began to legislate social segregation, along racial lines. Additional laws that imposed poll taxes and literacy tests established hurdles to voting along economic lines. Between 1900 and 1902, black voter registration in Fredericksburg dropped from 353 to 65. White voter registration dropped from 998 to 681. The era of Jim Crow had arrived.

As segregation became increasingly systematic, Mount Zion Baptist Church maintained the tradition of church leadership in the African American community. It joined both the Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) and (New Site) sanctuaries in providing a place for political meetings. In time, these institutions would participate in the broader Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, their moral position attracting the critical support of many white citizens.
Placed ByCity of Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 12:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285026 N 4241894
Decimal Degrees38.29940000, -77.45836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.964', W 77° 27.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 57.84" N, 77° 27' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-467 Wolfe St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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