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Little ZionA Church Baptized by Fire$
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Shelly O'Foran

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830482

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876664_o_foran

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Little Zion in the Community

Little Zion in the Community

(p.31) Chapter Two Little Zion in the Community
Little Zion

Shelly O'foran

University of North Carolina Press

The Little Zion Baptist Church is a dominant landmark in Greene County, but remained remarkably invisible before the 1996 fire. It suddenly became visible to the world because of the national attention it received when it mysteriously caught fire. This chapter discusses the burning of Little Zion on January 11, 1996 and the religious significance of the fire in the lives of church members. It then explores Little Zion's place in the surrounding community from the perspectives of both outsiders (federal officials, news media, and the public) and insiders (church members). Finally, the chapter describes the interaction between outsiders and insiders during the rebuilding and restoration of Little Zion on its hill in western Alabama in the summer of 1996.

Keywords:   Little Zion, Greene County, federal officials, news media, church members, Alabama

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