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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

Not an active site.

Address

4501 S. Vincennes Ave.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Architect

Dankmar Adler, 1899

Description

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.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2017