Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

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Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church

by:
jtracy
March 18, 2013

The first church structure of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church was according to church history, "a bush harbor or bush arbor, so called because it was an open area enclosed by loose bushes, vines and branches bent over to form the top giving it a canopy appearance. And it was a safe place where we could go and praise and worship God..." Read more in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church Presentation to the Historic Preservation Board.   

This recreation of the historic bush arbor located next to the majestic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church, recalls the time in Orlando's history when black members of our community were forbidden from building a church and so worshipped in a garden structure.

Mt. Zion would later achieve "the most aggressive project of any Black Church in Central Florida's History", One Hundred and One Years, the building of a magnificent brick church valued at $250,000 in 1955.

Today Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church stands as a testament of faith and preservance to the early church and is one of downtown Orlando's most distinguished church buildings.

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