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Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society Restoring A building CLOSE TO BOBCAT HISTORY

The Mount Zion Preservation Society has worked hard over the last year to save an important part of Athens' history from the wrecking ball. Why? We think it's worth the trouble. We hope you agree.

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

TO SOME OF THESE POSSIBILITIES!

Black Cultural Space
Meeting/Activity Room
DINING SPACE FOR SOCIAL/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Dr. Francine Child's "OU Gospel Voices of Faith" Artifact Depository

THESE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS OFFERED BY ATHENS COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

THIS IS OUR ACCOMPLISHMENT TO DATE!

Leaky roof replaced ($80K+)
We need you to participate in an internship and/or an independent study to develop, implement and measure the success of a communication campaign to restore this building to a vibrant, viable community space.

THANK YOU for considering joining us in this important work!

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