Little Zion in the Community

Shelly O'foran

in Little Zion

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780807830482
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469606118
Little Zion in the Community

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The Little Zion Baptist Church is a dominant landmark in Greene County, but remained remarkably invisible before the 1996 fire. It suddenly became visible to the world because of the national attention it received when it mysteriously caught fire. This chapter discusses the burning of Little Zion on January 11, 1996 and the religious significance of the fire in the lives of church members. It then explores Little Zion's place in the surrounding community from the perspectives of both outsiders (federal officials, news media, and the public) and insiders (church members). Finally, the chapter describes the interaction between outsiders and insiders during the rebuilding and restoration of Little Zion on its hill in western Alabama in the summer of 1996.

Keywords: Little Zion; Greene County; federal officials; news media; church members; Alabama

Chapter.  20071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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