African Zion Baptist Church

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African Zion Baptist Church
African Zion Baptist Church.jpg
African Zion Baptist Church, September 1979
African Zion Baptist Church is located in West Virginia
African Zion Baptist Church
Location 4104 Malden Dr., Malden, West Virginia
Coordinates 38°17′58″N 81°33′26″W / 38.29944°N 81.55722°W / 38.29944; -81.55722Coordinates: 38°17′58″N 81°33′26″W / 38.29944°N 81.55722°W / 38.29944; -81.55722
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1872
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74002010[1]
Added to NRHP December 27, 1974

African Zion Baptist Church is a historic Baptist church at 4104 Malden Drive in Malden, Kanawha County, West Virginia. It is a one-story frame structure built atop a stone foundation. It has a gable roof topped by a wooden bell tower. This is considered the mother church of African-American Baptists in West Virginia, many of whom migrated there after the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Among its noted members were "Father" Lewis Rice, founder of the church and a leader of the early African-American community in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia, and Booker T. Washington.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ James E. Harding (September 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: African Zion Baptist Church". State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 

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