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Zion Baptist Church
As the church grew to over 200 members, the membership determined to begin a second congregation under the leadership of Reverend W.P.T. Jones in 1891. This was the beginning of Denver's Central Baptist Church. Denver's black community continued to grow in the 1890s and early 1900s, allowing Central to secure their own house of worship while Zion grew to 400 members and needed a larger facility. In 1911, members of Zion acquired this building from Cavalry Baptist.
Rev. Wendell Liggins led the congregation through the Civil Rights Movement, in partnership with Reverend Jesse Langston Boyd Jr. of Shorter Community African American Methodist Episcopal Church.
SourcesClementine Washington Pigford, Annette Rease Groves, and Kathryne A.L. McKinney, They Came to Colorado with the Dust of Slavery on their Backs: The History of Zion Baptist Church, Its Members, and Societal Affiliations, 1863-1999, Volume I (Denver: Zion Baptist Church, 2000). Thomas J Noel, Guide to Colorado Historic Places: Sites Supported by the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund (Englewood, CO: Westcliffe Publishers, 2006), 139. "Our History," Zion Baptist Church website, http://www.zionbaptistchurchdenver.org/#!our-history/c243u (accessed 7/9/2016). Colleen O'Connor, "Zion Baptist Church celebrates 150th anniversary in Denver, Denver Post," October 30, 2015 http://www.denverpost.com/2015/10/30/zion-baptist-church-celebrates-150th-anniversary-in-denver/
Denver, CO 80202
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