Rodney Baptist Church, Jefferson County

Rodney Baptist Church, Jefferson County – (c. 1850) Also known as Mt. Zion Baptist Church No. 1, Rodney Baptist Church is part of the National Register Rodney Center Historic District, and the nomination form describing it as a “One-and-a-half-story gable-front frame structure with heavy denticulated boxed cornice on gable end. Pointed-arch entrance door with archivolt trim. Interior-end tower features polygonal belfry with domed cap.” Stylistically, Rodney Baptist Church is a transitional structure constructed around 1850, as Mississippians’ tastes in ecclesiastical architecture were moving from Greek Revival to Gothic Revival. Rodney Baptist Church combines elements from both styles, which makes it similar to many churches that dot the Alabama Black Belt countryside. Although neglected, Rodney Baptist Church is still a prominent remnant of the ghost town of Rodney.

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