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Photo: The Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society.

Mount Zion Baptist Church


419 North Elgin Avenue

Tulsa, OK 74120


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Tulsa's historic Mount Zion Baptist Church was destroyed in the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot by a mob that believed the church was a storehouse for munitions secreted by the African Americans in the Greenwood District. Only the dirt-floor basement of the church remained after its burning. 

Fortunately, the iconic religious structure was rebuilt post-riot and today the church is now an integral part of the modern Greenwood District.

As featured in "Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District" written by Hannibal Johnson and published by Arcadia Publishing, best known for its iconic "Images of America" series, which chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country.