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Mother Zion Baptist Church

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1959, John S. Chase. 112 Neals Ln.

In the post–Civil War decades of the nineteenth century, the blocks east of Monterey Square became Wharton's Freedman's Town, one of two neighborhoods where the community's substantial African American population concentrated. Chase designed the new church building for one of Wharton's oldest African American congregations, Mother Zion Baptist Church. It is notable for the diagonally patterned screens that shield the inset nave walls.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Mother Zion Baptist Church", [Wharton, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 449-449.

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