Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association A fourteen-acre assembly ground with eleven buildings in East Flat Rock provided a training and social venue for members of African-American Missionary Baptist churches from Henderson, Buncombe and Transylvania counties.   From A Brief History of the Black Presence in 

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

A few years after the Civil War a group of settlers moved into the Fruitland-Edneyville area of Henderson County around an area that was known as Ritter Path (or Green Mountain). By the turn of the century, under the leadership of Emmanual King, Frank Allen, 

We Shall Overcome, a video recording by the Rev. Odell Suber Jr.

We Shall Overcome, a video recording by the Rev. Odell Suber Jr.

The Rev. Odell Suber Jr. made this heartfelt recording for Hendersonville’s 2021 Martin Luther King Day celebration. The faith-filled words of this iconic hymn which was important to the Civil Rights movement, took on new meaning for a community struggling with the death and disease 

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association Brief History

From a small acorn a mighty oak can grow.”  With these words, Mrs. Gertrude B. Forney sums up the place in Henderson County history that the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association has played in the religious life of many Black Baptist Churches for over 130 

Greater New Zion Baptist Church

Greater New Zion Baptist Church

In 1927 a group of people founded a church in the Brickton area of Henderson County and named it Zion Baptist Church.  The name remained Zion Baptist Church until 1963 at which time a new church was constructed and the name was changed to Greater 

Union Grove Baptist Church

Union Grove Baptist Church

The Union Grove Baptist Church of Hendersonville, N.C., was organized as a congregation in 1909, first meeting in the homes of the founding members until land was purchased on Ashe Street.  In 1918, under the guidance of Rev. Cain Smith, a church was built and 

Star of Bethel Baptist Church Brief History

Star of Bethel Baptist Church Brief History

The Star of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1873 with fourteen charter members under the pastorate of Rev. B. F. Hemphill.  The fourteen charter members were: Rev. Frank Brown, Bro. Berry Potts, Bro. Henry King, Sis. Sandy Shepherd, Bro. George Mills, Bro. John 

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church (East Flat Rock)

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church (East Flat Rock)

There is such a close connection between the early black settlers of Flat Rock and the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church that the history of one is almost the history of the other. However, there is one significant difference in the history of the church. According to 

Stanford Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

Stanford Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church

Stanford Chapel was organized in the early 1900’s under the leadership of Rev. Hemphill, Rev. C. C. Martin, and Elder Mays. The church was located on Salisbury Rd. in the Edneyville-Fruitland area of Henderson County. The trustees at the time were: Merrimon Allen, Foster Casberry, Frank and 

Sam Mills

Sam Mills

Photo Credit: Samuel Austin Mills Courtesy of Shirley Jackson Davidson and St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church Sam Mills  As a young man, Samuel Austin “Sam” Mills (1909–1993) worked for English Brothers Shoe Repair, a job he held for forty years, serving first as a