Mt Zion Missionary Baptist church and cemeteries, Sumner County

Mt Zion, south of Bethpage, is a Reconstruction-era black community that dates to 1868, the year that the church was established.

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The building is a replacement from the current century and cemetery burials date from 1970.

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But high on a hill, within thick brush, lies the roots of this community, an almost forgotten cemetery where small stone triangles greatly outnumber grave markers.

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One grave marker, for Addie Carter who died November 1900, gives us the first clue in the deeper history of this evocative African American placel. More is to come from this field visit.

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