Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Zion Baptist Church

The church was started in 1842 by Father Wallace Shelton and members of Union Baptist Church making it the second oldest African American congregation in Cincinnati.  The church was originally downtown on Plum Street and was part of the Underground Railroad movement providing shelter for escaped slaves searching for freedom.  In 1867 a brick church was built making it one of the first owned by African Americans in Cincinnati.  In the 1950’s the city was going through urban renewal and forced the church to move.  The church purchased land in Avondale and in 1961 built the church that stands today.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the church in 1964 celebrating the church’s 122nd anniversary.

630 Glenwood Avenue, Avondale

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