St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church

St. Paul Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Founded in 1878, St. Paul is one of the oldest African American churches in Hendersonville.   Shaw’s Creek A.M.E. Zion Church had begun in 1865 when a group of people from Horseshoe, N.C., persevered in their desire to worship 

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 

Black Churches in Henderson County

Black Churches in Henderson County

From A Brief History of the Black Presence in Henderson County by Gary Franklin Green Black Churches in Henderson County After the family, the church has been the most enduring institution for Blacks. Before the end of slavery, Blacks would often worship in White churches 

Edwards Family in Flat Rock

Venus and Caesar Edwards were freed slaves from South Carolina who settled in Flat Rock and helped to found Mud Creek Missionary Baptist church.   https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20040201/glimpse-into-past

1865-1900 Overview

After the Civil War Freed slaves settled in several communities throughout Henderson County.  These communities were centered around Black churches. http://hendersonheritage.com/black-history-post-civil-war-to-1900/

Logan Community Chapel

Logan Community Chapel was founded by freed slaves in 1865.     https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20170212/nonprofit-aims-to-preserve-logan-community-chapel

Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church’s Struggle to Survive

The church’s dwindling membership has caused financial challenges.    https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-2002-07-21-0207210176-story.html

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. Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Association From A Brief History of the Black Presence in 

Standford Chapel

After the church moved from Edwards Mountain to Salisbury Road in Edneyville, there was dispute over who owned the old cemetery at the original location.  The church eventually won title, but not before the old grave markers were removed.   https://hendersonheritage.com/stanford-chapel-ame-zion-church-and-cemetery/

Star of Bethel Baptist Church

Star of Bethel Church was founded in 1873.  Membership has dwindled since its heyday in the 1950’s.    https://www.blueridgenow.com/news/20190216/historic-black-church-looks-at-future-even-as-membership-shrinks