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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church


4501 S. Vincennes Ave.




Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 1pm - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


Dankmar Adler, 1899


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.