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African Zion Baptist Church

The African Zion Baptist Church was first organized in the 1850’s as the first black Baptist Church in western Virginia. The first church was later built in 1872 and lead by its founder, Lewis Rice. The church became the first Black church completely owned and controlled by African Americans in West Virginia.

Malden Cabin and School

The Booker T. Washington cabin and school was built as replica of his childhood conditions. The cabin and school were built in 1998 to match a photograph of his home. Each is located behind the church where he learned to read and write, while working as a houseboy in Malden.


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