Mount Zion Baptist Church was built by the community of free-born and formerly enslaved African Americans between 1905-1909. It stands as one of the only remaining examples of African American Architecture in Southeast Ohio. The area's buildings associated with prominent Black owned and operated schools (Enterprise Academy established in 1863), businesses (Berry Hotel established in 1862) were all demolished decades ago.
The building fell into serious decline during the last 18-20 years due to vacancy and neglect.
Mold ravished the interior of the sanctuary.
Pews were damaged by water.
A leaky roof caused the tin ceiling to peel.
WE INTEND TO MOVE THE BUILDING WHERE TWO OU CIVIL RIGHTS' LEADERS MARRIED AND A CHURCH ATTENDED BY SCRIPPS J. SCHOOL ALUMNI,
FROM ITS CURRENT STATE