Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (John Jasper)
In 1867 the prolific Reverend John Jasper founded the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, the first Richmond church to be organized by a black minister. Services were held in an abandoned Confederate stable on Brown’s Island before moving in 1869 to its present location in historic Jackson Ward. African Americans designed and built the church’s now iconic Gothic Revival structure in 1887. Richmond’s first black professional architect, Charles T. Russell, remodeled it in 1925. A year later the John Jasper Memorial Room & Museum, a pioneer in African American public history, opened to the public.
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