The Foundation plans to purchase and preserve the Zion Baptist Church on W. Ridge Street in Harpers Ferry for future use as cultural center for Harpers Ferry and Bolivar. The site will also serve a significant role in interpreting history.

Built in 1893 Zion Baptist was a place where the African- American community of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar gathered. The basement of the church was also used as a school prior to the construction of Grand View School. More than 100 years ago its members labored to erect the building and men and women volunteered to “scoop” the foundation with picks, shovels, and wheelbarrows and assisted masons by carrying bricks and mortar in their aprons.

Volunteers are needed to help raise funds, write grants, collect oral and written history, as well as renovation help. If you would like more information on the project, or have some history of the church to share with us, please email harpersferryfoundation@gmail.com.

Donations toward the project can be made by sending checks to Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Town Historic Foundation PO Box 1427, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Select Zion Project by writing Zion on memo line.  You can also donate now through our secure PayPal link below

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First Zion Baptist Church Restoration Project

The Foundation plans to purchase and preserve the Zion Baptist Church on W. Ridge Street in Harpers Ferry for future use as cultural center for Harpers Ferry and Bolivar. The site will also serve a significant role in interpreting history. 

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