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Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, cornerstone
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Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Allen, Jeff
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The term "Missionary Baptist" originated in the early 1800s during the rise of the modern missions movement, which was a movement among Baptists (as well as other Christian denominations) to organize para-church institutions for the promotion and funding of evangelism, Bible and literature publication, schools, charitable and social work, and other religious causes. This movement created extensive controversy among Baptists, drawing harsh criticism from those who considered these new institutions subversive of traditional Baptist polity. Those who opposed the innovations became known as anti-missions, and those advocating them as missionary Baptists. Many of the "missionary Baptist" churches and associations eventually adopted the epithet "missionary" into their official names, and, what started as a descriptive term became a new religious denomination - Missionary Baptists. However, the name never became universally used among the advocates of the missionary institution.
Photograph shows a close-up of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1300 E. 50th Street and Hooper Ave. The cornerstone reads: "Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church - Organized May 12, 1892 - Erected 1936-37 - Rev. T.H. Prentice, Pastor - J.W. [ilegible[, Church Clerk". Verso on photograph states that prior to becoming Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, this church was formerly known as South Los Angeles Brethren Church. Photograph dated May 2004.
1 photographic print :color ;11 x 16 cm.
Photographic prints
Jeff Allen Houses of Worship Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Baptist church buildings--California--South Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Church buildings--California--South Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
South Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Photographers Collection photographs
Jeff Allen Houses of Worship Collection photographs

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