Mount Zion Missionary Baptist
(MB) Church (f. 1909)
The Mt. Zion Memorial Fund (MZMF) is a Mississippi non-profit corporation named after Mount Zion Missionary Baptist (MB) Church (f. 1909) outside Morgan City, Mississippi. Organized in 1989 by Raymond ‘Skip’ Henderson, the Fund memorialized the contributions of numerous musicians interred in rural cemeteries without grave markers, serving as a legal conduit to provide financial support to black church communities and cemeteries in the Mississippi Delta. The MZMF erected twelve memorials to blues musicians over a 12 year period from 1990 to 2001

Deacon Booker T. Young and 
MZMF director DeWayne Moore 
in front of the present day Mt.
Zion MB Church on the same site

The renewed efforts of the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund since 2010 have been spearheaded by T. DeWayne Moore, a historian and scholar based out of Oxford, Mississippi. The relatives of Tommy Johnson and other interments in Warm Springs CME Church Cemetery obtained a permanent fifteen foot wide and half-a-mile long easement to the important site due in large part to efforts and compelling arguments of Moore, who took over as executive director in January 2014.  Under his leadership, the military markers of Henry "Son" Simms and Jackie Brenston were located and restored.  The MZMF has dedicated five new memorials--the headstone of Frank Stokes in the abandoned Hollywood Cemetery, Memphis, TN; the flat companion stone of Ernest "Lil' Son Joe" Lawlars in Walls, MS; and in Greenville, MS, the flat markers of T-Model Ford and Eddie Cusic, and the unique, yet humble, headstone of Mamie "Galore" Davis. In addition, the MZMF monitors legal actions involving cemeteries and provides technical assistance to cemetery corporations and community preservationists in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina, such as the Friends of Hollywood/Mt. Carmel Cemeteries, which assists in restoring these two massive and abandoned African American cemeteries in Memphis "back to a beautiful place of rest for all" interments, including Frank Stokes and Furry Lewis.

True Detectives of the People

T. DeWayne Moore - Oxford, MS
Executive Director - tmoriver@gmail.com

Skip Henderson, New Orleans, LA
Founder and Board Chairman

2017 Board of Associates

Kechia Patton Brown - Clarksdale, MS
Great Granddaughter of Charley Patton

Robert Birdsong - Clarksdale, MS
Indiana Jones of the Blues

Lamont Jack Pearley - New York, NY
Founder and host of Jack Dappa Blues Radio Show

Joe Austin - Canton, MS
Madison County, Mississippi Liaison - Belton Sutherland

Jonathan Hilbun - Gulfport, MS
Attorney and future 2058 WSOP Horse champion

Clayton "Bones" Harvey - Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Mary Ann Norwood - Daufuskie Island, SC
Gypsy & Conjure Practitioner

Arlo Leach - Portland, OR
Musician and Jug Band Scholar

Bill Pichette - Memphis. TN
Investigator and Founder of the The Little Pitcher Project