Zion Hill Baptist Church, which sits on the corner of Lanana and Bois d’arc streets, was built in 1914 by famed architect Diedrich Rulfs. Zion Hill quickly became the social and religious center for members of the Zion Hill community and African American’s in Nacogdoches. The building was home to one of the oldest African American Baptist congregations in Texas. The congregation was founded in 1878 by Reverend Lawson Reed and has occupied four different buildings during its life. The Zion Hill congregation moved from this building in 1987 and except for a brief occupancy by a non-profit organization, the building has been vacant. Zion Hill is still undergoing an extensive interior restoration and is not open to the public at this time.
Fundraising for the interior restoration of the Zion Hill Baptist Church is still ongoing. If you would like to contribute, please contact the Historic Sites Department at 936-560-4441. Your donations are greatly appreciated.