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Zion Baptist Church

  • Zion Baptist Church

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    Founded in 1865 by freedmen in downtown Denver, Zion Baptist Church moved in 1911 to the former Calvary Baptist Church building in Five Points.
    Zion Baptist Church
  • Zion Baptist Congregation

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    After it moved in 1911, Zion Baptist grew to more than 1,000 members. The congregation shrank in the early 1930s but then was rejuvenated by leaders William Young and Wendell Liggins. Here the church celebrates Young's fourth anniversary as pastor in 1938.
    Zion Baptist Congregation
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    The building now occupied by Zion Baptist Church was originally constructed in 1890–93. Designed by Frank Jackson and George Rivinius, the building is a Romanesque Revival church with a rusticated stone exterior.
    Zion Baptist Church
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References: 

William D. Bams, “Zion Baptist Church,” Colorado Cultural Resource Survey Architectural Inventory Form (2001).

Phil Goodstein, Curtis Park, Five Points, and Beyond: The Heart of Historic East Denver (Denver: New Social, 2014).

Laura M. Mauck, Five Points Neighborhood of Denver (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2001).

Zion Baptist Church, “Our History,” n.d.

Zion Baptist Church, 1865–2015: 150 Years (Denver: Zion Baptist Church, 2015).

Additional Information: 

Moya Hansen, “Pebbles on the Shore: Economic Opportunity in Denver’s Five Points Neighborhood, 1920–1950,” Colorado History 5 (2001): 95–127.

Stephen J. Leonard and Thomas J. Noel, Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1990).

Michelle Pearson, Historic Sacred Places of Denver (Denver: Historic Denver, 2004).

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