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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

This is an archived listing.


4501 S. Vincennes Ave.




Dankmar Adler, 1899


This church is widely regarded as the birthplace of American gospel music. It was originally constructed as the Isaiah Temple synagogue when the neighborhood was predominantly German Jewish. 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.

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