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118-0060-0057 Diamond Hill Baptist Church

Diamond Hill Baptist Church
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/16/2010

NRHP Listing Date 02/22/2011

NPS property number 11000026

Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Lynchburg’s second oldest African American church, was a pivotal local player in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Under the leadership of Rev. Virgil Wood, pastor from 1958 to 1963 and a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the church was an important meeting place where leaders and activists planned campaigns for registering and turning out voters, integrating the city’s schools, desegregating local lunch counters, and protesting discriminatory hiring practices, among similar activities. Built in 1886 in a Late-Gothic Revival-style, later remodeled in 1903, and expanded in 1993, Diamond Hill Baptist Church signifies the growth and influence of black churches during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War.  The church is located in the listed Diamond Hill Historic District.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated December 20, 2018