Details for Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481012369


Marker Number 12369
Atlas Number 5481012369
Marker Title Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Index Entry Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church
City Egypt vicinity
County Wharton
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes Baptist denomination; churches; African American topics
Marker Year 2000
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location 4 miles east of Egypt on FM 1161
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The Rev. Hillary Hooks, formerly a slave on the James E. Winston plantation, organized Camp Zion Baptist Church in 1870. Winston granted land to Camp Zion trustees in 1887. A segment of the membership left and organized Rising Star Baptist Church in 1888. The Camp Zion church structure served as a school, a refuge during floods, and as a Red Cross chapter location during World War I. The Camp Zion Community Cemetery was established on land donated by the Duncan family in 1905. In 1998, the Camp Zion and Rising Star Baptist congregations reunited into a single church family, which continues to include descendants of the former slave families who founded the church. (2000)