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Accession number A2003.017
Collection Mount Zion Baptist Church
Title The Mount Zion Baptist Church Collection
Catalog Number A2003.017
Object Name Program
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Courtesy of Mount Zion Baptist Church
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span two linear inches.
Dates of Creation 1944-1998
Access Conditions Open for research.
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Mount Zion Baptist Church papers date from 1944 to 1998 and measure 2.5 linear inches. The papers are arranged in 1 series: Mount Zion Baptist Church ( 1944 - 1998) series. This series contains a 1959 dedication program, a 1962 organ dedication program, a Women's Missionary Society Record Book from 1944 - 1945, meeting minutes from 1946 - 1947, loose items from the record book, and the meeting minutes from 1944 - 1947.
Biographical History Mount Zion was the second African American church founded in Cedar Rapids. As more African Americans moved to Cedar Rapids from the South at the beginning of the Great Migration, there was need for an additional church. A small group met with officers of the Iowa Baptist Convention on February 4, 1914 at Sunshine Mission at the corner of Third Street and Sixth Avenue. The first baptized member was Sister Almena Wilson. The first minister was Rev. Ross, who worked part time. Late in the year, Rev. Northcross of Buxton became the pastor. A parsonage was built and a building from Huss Memorial Church was moved to a site 824 8th Street, SE. A senior choir and a Sunday School were organized prior to 1930. On March 22, 1958 the original building burned and for six months services were held at Jane Boyd Community Center. Groundbreaking was held for a new church on April 27, 1958, the cornerstone was laid on July 27 and the church could be used by November 27, 1958. Formal dedication of the new building was held on July 12, 1959. The mortgage was paid off on July 8, 1962. Additions were made to the church in 1962 and 1979. A new parsonage was purchased in 1967.
Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________
Box 1
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Dedication Program, 1959
Organ Dedication, 1962
Funeral Programs, 1998
Women's Missionary Society Record Book, 1944-1945
Loose items from the Record Book, 1945-1949, undated
Meeting Minutes, 1946-1947
Loose items from the Meeting Minutes, 1946-1947
The Worker a missionary quarterly, 1950

Subjects Documents
Baptist churches
Search Terms Cedar Rapids
Churches - Baptist
Women's Missionary Society
Meeting minutes
Records - Business
Baptist churches
Cedar Rapids - Mt. Zion Churches
Funeral programs
Missionary societies
Mt. Zion Baptist Church - Cedar Rapids
People Wilson, Almena
Burt, Rev. P.W.
Ross, Rev
Northcross, Rev
Classification Churches & Temples