This church is widely regarded as the birthplace of American gospel music. It was originally constructed as the Isaiah Temple synagogue in a predominantly German Jewish neighborhood. In 1921, the synagogue was purchased by Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church to serve the area's growing African-American community. The Georgian-Revival design includes a barrel-vaulted auditorium with a horseshoe-shaped balcony and brightly colored stained-glass windows. Ebenezer nurtured the careers of noted gospel singers such as Thomas A. Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington and Sallie Martin.
Behind the Scenes
Stand in the choir loft, the birthplace of gospel music.