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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

Address

4501 S. Vincennes Ave.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 1pm - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

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 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.

Visitor Experience

Visit the beautiful sanctuary and chapel, and ascend to the choir loft, the birthplace of gospel music.