Banks Chapel AME Zion Church / Schoolhouse

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    Located off of Hwy 55 in the Belltown area of Marion County, Kentucky.

    Have took several photos of the church--- schoolhouse in the last year and was never satisfied with the results. Looks like this is as good as it gets for me. Till being told by Benny Hayden last year that this at one time was a one room school for the black children of the Belltown area, I had never heard or found any reference to it in scouring the area for one room schools. Hidden in plain sight six miles from home !!

    Banks Chapel Church was started circa 1860-1865 in a log structure across the road from were the church now stands . It was used as a school through the week and as a church on Sunday.
    In 1878 the Methodist Episcopal Churches had become better organized and and a new church was built. ( also serving as a school during the week ). When the road was rebuilt in the early 1980,s , the church was moved to its present site and repaired.
    The first Saturday of each August a picnic is held to help support the church with this turning into a homecoming for former members of the church and their families.

    ~ Cindy~, ~~BC's~~Photographs~~, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Bear^ 68 months ago | reply

      This would make for a good calendar photo for January. Neat history on the church/schoolhouse.

    2. askmikee [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      Kenny that is such a pretty picture. Country at it's best.

    3. bluebird218 68 months ago | reply

      It looks great with the snow cover, Kenny. I would never have known this was a school either. You're the master at seeking them out!

    4. blhunter09 68 months ago | reply

      Nice shot Kenny, great find.

    5. BJW-58 [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      Great capture Kenny ...let me know more about Glacier N. Park....been wanting to get up there.

    6. Larry Daugherty ~ Back from long working vacation 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image! Very Nice! Thanks for sharing!
      Larry D.

      this is extremely Good:)
      Congratulations! from
      *★ Beautiful Shot ★

    7. FocusAlaska 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot of this church/schoolhouse!
      A great find! The trees frame it nicely!
      Kenny, have a nice weekend!

    8. ~Momma B~ 68 months ago | reply

      What a peaceful setting it is in...

    9. The Patriot 1776 [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      - This grand photo was seen in:
       award code by Adriënne, on Flickr
      Countryside Photography
      Thanks for posting !

    10. rchrdcnnnghm 68 months ago | reply

      A building of many hats.

    11. ~ Cindy~ 68 months ago | reply

      I agree with........... Brenda....
      and wil go on to say what a beautiful Pic too
      Have a great week end!

    12. ~~BC's~~Photographs~~ 68 months ago | reply

      Great photo and history Kenny!

    13. TumblingRun 68 months ago | reply

      You got the nice light on the entryway. Cute little church!

    14. ~ Cindy~ 68 months ago | reply

      We have our home comings the 5th Sunday of August
      I so love this! beautiful SHOT!

    15. The Feedman 67 months ago | reply

      A belated thanks to all for the views and comments!

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