African Zion Baptist Church
West Virginia State University
Institute, WEST VIRGINIA 25112
Contact phone: 304-766-5736
Organized in the 1850s as the first black Baptist Church in western Virginia by the Wayne, Isaac, Sullivan, Johnson and other African- American families during the era of slavery. In 1872, a legendary early minister, Rev. Lewis Rice, built the present church building. Booker T. Washington attended the church as a boy and returned from Hampton Institute to teach and later be married to a Malden, West Virginia girl, Fannie Norton Smith.
On the National Register of Historic Places.