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By Shelly O'Foran

The arson assaults in early 2006 on a few small Baptist church buildings in rural Alabama recalled the rash of burnings at dozens of predominantly black homes of worship within the South in the course of the mid-1990s. one of many church buildings struck by means of possible arson in 1996 was once Little Zion Baptist Church in Boligee, Alabama. This booklet attracts at the voices and stories of church individuals to proportion a formerly undocumented historical past of Little Zion, from its beginnings as a broom arbor round the time of emancipation, to its key function within the civil rights circulate, to its burning and rebuilding with the aid of volunteers from round the world.

Folklorist Shelly O'Foran, a Quaker who went to Boligee as a volunteer within the church rebuilding attempt, describes Little Zion as continually having been even more than the development itself. She exhibits how the religious and social traditions that the citizens of Boligee perform and train their teenagers have guaranteed the ongoing power of the church and group. via considerate fieldwork and presentation, Little Zion additionally explores the facility of oral narrative to advertise knowing among these in and out the church group. Illustrated with ancient and modern images, this quantity is either a party of Little Zion's historical past and a call for participation to proportion in its lengthy existence story.

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