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About Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle as it now
stands is a magnificent monument to the indomitable
determination of its pastor and membership. Some
two years ago all concerned reached the conclusion that
a new church for the ever 1- growing congregation of tho
Mt. Zi6n was absolutely necessary. And at once they
began to lay plans for accomplishing such an under
taking. The membership was divided into companies
each with captains and lieutenants, for the purpose
of getting together the necessary funds for the erec
tion of the desired edifice in which to worship.
They were not able to continue in the old church
untjl the: new one was built, because they had an
opportunity to dispose of the old one at a very liberal
figure and so they sold, using the amount as a nest egg
to^'con's'fcrntly add too for future use. Nothing but the
best of team work brought success out of seeming
financial chaos,'but one and all did his and her bit
such as only concientious men and women can do,
when they "decide to pull together.
Actual work on the proposed new church was began
in April 1920, and was pushed to its completion as rap:d
ly as workmen could do it, which was accomplished by
September 192 ft. The church has a membership of about.
400. and is constantly growing and each and every one
of them takes pleasure in showing to the sirangar the
new. Mt.. i^ion .Baptist Church, a picture of which appears
on the opposite page hereof. By those, who have had
the opportunity to see ths various churches of colored
congregations west of the Missouri river, the Mt. Zion
Baptist Church is by all odds the most imposing as well
as the most exquisitely finished and furnished church
of them all, is the unanimous verdict. If you or all of
you contributed of your earthly belongings toward the
erection of this church edifice in it you have something
to show for your' money. The church has a comfortable
seating capacity of 600, but an accomodating capacity
of 1000. It is fitted up with all of the latest applianc
for church services and is a credit, not only to its
pastor and membership but to the city in general and
business men point with pride to it as they go by.
In connection with the church work is a building
fitted up for a boys club and for the pastor's home,
a picture of which is herewith presented. Large num
bers of the young men and boys of the community
take advantage of this splendid club house and congre
gate there evenings to spend a couple or more pleasan f
as well as useful hours. The pastor is generally with
them on such occasions and directs much of their
amusements and entertainment.
' While all of the members of the church did their
respective parts and did them well, yet the planning
and the directing of the whole fell heavily upon the
shoulders of the building committee a picture of whom
is likewise herewith shown and reading from left to
rigjty their names are; ,Rev, .W. D. Carter (pastor),
J. W. Anderson, S. B. Tillman, W. W. Gasman, William
Chandler, R. A. Clark, Joseph Horton, S. Beatty, Mrs.
Nalf^n ,T,. Fisher, C. ; Davis, J. B. Scott, ,J. H. Wade;
G. j^ t Blackwell, J. H. Garner, Dr. F. B. Cooper and
W. H. Teemer. The church edifice, the boys club room
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and the grounds, according to the figures given out by
the building committee, cost in round numbers $50,000
and of that amount the have paid $35,000, thus leaving
and indebtedness of about $15,000 and a part of this
they hope to liquidate by July Ist. 1921. Such efforts
on the part of struggling congergations merit the sup
port of all good people and it is truly hoped that even
those who have already given will give even moro
to relieve the building committee and the pastor of
their financial embarrassment!
In presenting to the readers hereof the portrait
of the Rev".William D. Carter; who is not only the
remarkable pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of
Seattle, largely responsible for the new church, but is
responsible for much of the uplift work that has been
done among the Colored Citizens of the northwest.
He is not only a div'ns of much local prominence, but
is likewise of more or less national prominence. He
was one of the delegates of the Equal Rights League
of the United States of North America, but was denied
pass ports by the Woodrow Wilson administration.
The Mt. Zion Baptist church of Seattle will stand out
in bold relief as a living monument to the untiring
work of the Rev. Carter for years yet to come and the
children's children of the present membership of the
church wil rise up and bless h's memory for the work
he did. In local civic and uplift work he has taken an
active and influential part. At all public meetings
and gatherings in Seattle he is always one of the com
manding figures. Recently the following biographical
sketch appeared in print of the Rev. Mr. Carter.
Willaim D. Carter was born in Carroll county,
SLate of Mississippi, August 7th, 1862, and was one
of ten children, two boys and eight girls. His elder
brother died in early life, thus leaving the care of the
family upon him, and his mother being a widow, the
struggles of young William were many. However", he
loved his mother and sisters and the humble log cabin
of that day was all the world to him. He was forced
to rise early in the mornings and go till late hours a'
night to his farm duties in order that his mother" and
sistors might have the comforts of life. His opportun
ities to acquire an education were quite limited, largely
due to inadequate public school system of those days,
the school term being but four months in the year.
January and February; August and September, buL
he helped himself along by attending night school.
When less than nineteen years of age he marred
Miss America Taylor, who had just passed her sixteenth
birthday, and for eight years they traveled the path
cf life together, success crowning their every efforts.
This young man's life was darkened when death
claimed his loving companion and she went to her God.
However he was not dismayed, but took a new grip
upon life and its struggles. He was converted and bap
tized into the Vaiden Friendship Baptist Church fjt
the age of eighteen and was ordained to the gospel
ministry ten years later. Early in life he began to
develop leadership and became a factor in the uplift
of his people, which leadership soon became antagon-