A view of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Carnes Avenue and Boston Street. (Andrea Morales)
A detail of the stained glass at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. (Andrea Morales)
A view of New Hope M.B. Church on Enterprise Street. (Andrea Morales)
Orange Mound, one of Memphis' most historic neighborhoods, has the unique distinction of bearing six churches that are over 100 years old.
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Among those historic congregations are Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Mt. Pisgah C.M.E Church, which were both organized in 1879. Many of these churches, such as Beulah Baptist Church, St. John's Baptist Church, Mt. Gilliam Baptist Church and New Hope Baptist Church supported conversations about equality in the 1940s and during the Civil Rights Movement. Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks led meetings about desegregation at New Era M.B. Church.
Today, these pillars protect Orange Mound's legacy as one of the first places that African-Americans could purchase homes by continuing to instill the community with pride and harmony.