A HISTORIC CHURCH
Mt. Zion Baptist Church was organized in 1877 and is one of the earliest black congregations in Little Rock. The church was rebuilt in its current location in 1927 under the leadership of Rev. Fred T. Guy. From the late 1800s to the present, local church leaders, their congregants, grassroots groups, civic organizations, fraternal societies, and black business owners fought for equal rights.
A warrior in the community and tireless human rights advocate, Rev. Fred T. Guy, Mr. Zion’s pastor, challenged Superintendent of Schools Virgil Blossom and the Little Rock School Board to desegregate schools in 1957. “Next to the law of God, the Constitution of the United States means the most to me. When you start to tinker with the Constitution, it becomes awfully important to us,” said Rev. Guy.
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