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Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church

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1884, George Boyd, builder. 1925, additions, Charles T. Russell. 100 Duval St.

This brick church began as a Gothic Revival structure with a central crenellated tower. The growing congregation needed room for expansion, and Russell added a new front and rear and an education wing. The planned route of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike would have come right through the building. After a considerable campaign, the decision was made in 1957 to divert the turnpike and save the church, one of the first examples of preservation of an African American landmark in Richmond.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 236-236.

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