Historical Significance Oakland Baptist Church, still an active congregation, was founded in 1891 by African-Americans living in the Fort, a village formed on the site of the dismantled Civil War-era Fort Ward. The church was an outgrowth of the Oak…

Historical Significance Following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, 800 African-American churchgoers who worshiped in the balcony of the white First Baptist Church of Charlottesville on Park Avenue petitioned to form their own congregation.…

Historical Significance In 1866 the Mount Zion Baptist Church was first organized under the name “The Old Bell Church” and located in Freedman’s Village in the District of Columbia. When the federal government disbanded…

Historical Significance Mount Hope Baptist Church was organized in 1878 by former slaves and the Reverend Peter Berry under the name of Bethel Baptist Church, and provided a meeting place and place of religious worship for African Americans. Early…

Historical Significance Founded in 1908 in the home of Bonder and Amanda Johnson and formally established in 1911, Macedonia Baptist Church is one of the oldest extant black churches in Nauck. In the 1920s, church membership grew when many African…

Historical Significance Long’s Chapel is the still-standing church of the Zenda community, an historically African-American settlement in Rockingham County which thrived until the turn of the 20th century. In 1869, Hannah and William…

Historical Significance First organized as Wesley Zion Church and later called Little Zion Church, Lomax AME Zion Church was originally established in Freedman's Village in 1866. The church was relocated to Nauck, Arlington County in 1874. A church…

Historical Significance After the Civil War, many blacks settled in Newtown, a small tract of land in Hampton once owned by New York missionary Daniel F. Cook. Cook came to Hampton as an instructor at Hampton Institute. The Little England Chapel was…

Historical Significance The Gillfield Baptist Church is the second oldest African-American church in Petersburg and one of the oldest in the country. Its record book is one of the oldest, preserved handwritten record books in an American black…

Historical Significance Frying Pan Meetinghouse is one of the oldest racially-integrated Baptist churches in Virginia. In 1775, a Baptist congregation was organized at Bull Run under the leadership of Elder Richard Major as its pastor. The…