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Mount Zion Methodist Cemetery is located in Calvin Township, Cass county, MI on Mount Zion Road and Kessington Road to the East. Latitude: 41.8416667; Longitude: -85.8975.
Mount Zion M. E. Church (Colored) was organized in 1849, by Mathew T. Newson, which was only one year subsequent to the first emigration of colored people, of any considerable numbers, to this township. They first held meetings in private houses, but before one year had elapsed purchased one and half acres of land of Hardy Wade for building purposes and for a cemetery, and erected thereon a log church, which is still standing, which, with the land, cost $200. The society increased rapidly in numbers and after a time they abandoned their log house for a neat frame building 30x40. The first trustees were Richard Woods, Benjamin Hawley, L. Archer, Lawson Howell, William Scott, and Joseph Allen. The present officers are Henry Cannady, Peter Day, Joseph Allen, William Allen, James Monroe, and Joseph Scott. This is called the mother church of the county, as one at Calvin Center and one in Volinia sprain up from it and they now have a total membership of 200, with property valued at 3,000, including a parsonage at Calvin Center. (source: History of Cass county, MI, Chicago, Waterman and Watkins Co, 1882.)