A Remarkable tulip-poplar

Tree Information
Common Name: tulip-poplar
Scientific name: Liriodendron tulipifera
Category: Unique tree
Notes: Before Zion Poplars Baptist Church was constructed, its original members met first under the seven united poplar trees, four of which still stand on the church grounds. They utilized the seven united poplar trees as a sanctuary for worship. Using trees and wooded areas as sanctuaries was an African-inspired cultural tradition that served religious and social purposes in the New World. Because Zion Poplars developed out of this heritage, it is connected to a pattern of events relative to the development of independent Black churches the South, making the church eligible for placement on the National Register under Criterion A. Its distinctive exterior and interior architectural characteristics qualify the church for placement on the National Register.
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Nominator: Carmean and Williamson
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County/City: Gloucester
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