The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund is a Mississippi non-profit corporation named after the 112 year old Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Morgan City, Mississippi. The fund was organized in 1989 by Raymond ‘Skip’ Henderson, in order to create a legal conduit to get financial support to rural African-American church communities in Mississippi and to memorialize the contributions of numerous musicians interred in rural cemeteries without grave markers. Skip Henderson still serves as Executive Director of the Mount Zion Memorial Fund, Mississippi photographer Euphus ‘Butch’ Ruth has served as Associate Director of the Memorial Fund since 1997. Tyler Moore leads the Mt. Zion Fund effort for Tommy Johnson.
Over a 12 year period from 1990 to 2001, the Mount Zion Memorial Fund erected twelve memorials to blues musicians across Mississippi including:
Mt. Zion Memorial Fund continues to press for final placement of the Tommy Johnson headstone, and helps support Rosetta Patton and the family of Charley Patton through private donations.
Contact the Mount Zion Memorial Fund at: email@example.com