Zion First Baptist Missionary Church
Colbert County, Alabama; Cherokee, Alabama; Zion Missionary Church; African American History; African American Church
Zion Church used to be an white Baptist church prior to the Civil War. During the war, the church was used as a hospital by Union troops. After the Civil War, the white parishioners no longer wanted to use the church as it had become defiled. Because of this the church was then sold to an African American congregation that used to meet across the railroad tracks. The original building is still intact though there have been several additions since it was first built. The color of the bricks can be used as indicators to identify the additions. The darker colored bricks indicate the additions to the church. The church can be found off Lee Hwy in Cherokee, Alabama.
Sam Keiser, University of North Alabama
Arthur Graves interview by Sam Keiser. November 11, 2015
Alabama Cultural Resource Survey
November 30, 2015