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Posted on: October 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Adopt-A-Pew Program

HS Zion Hill Pew Restoration Program post

The City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Division is launching an Adopt-a-Pew program to help restore the pews at Zion Hill Baptist Church. 

    The church, built in 1914, was the third home of one of the oldest African American Baptist Congregations in Texas and served as a beacon for the Zion Hill Historic District. As efforts to restore the church near completion, adequate seating will be needed in order to host events and programs. The original pews, which spent around 15 years sitting in the vacant church prior to restoration efforts, are in need of repair and replacement. 

    According to Historic Sites Manager, Veronica Amoe, “The pews were carefully moved to an offsite storage facility when repairs began on the interior of the church. Rather than explore new seating, we hope to bring back the original pews that the community used for weddings, services and gatherings. The Adopt-a-Pew program is a great way to be a part of Nacogdoches history and help preserve the original pews.”

    Donors can choose from three different donation levels, $250, $500 or $2,000. A donation of either $500 or $2,000 will get your name or business name listed on a plaque on the historic pew you are helping to restore. We hope the community will take part in this fundraising effort and leave their mark on this historic restoration project. 

    Information about the Adopt-a-pew program including forms and donations options, can be found at the city website: . Program forms can also be picked up at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center, 1112 North St. Nacogdoches, TX 75961. Forms and payment are due by Friday, December 2nd, 2022. For more information, contact Historic Sites at or call 936-560-4441. 

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