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New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

Address

4301 W. Washington Blvd.

Neighborhood

Garfield Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: Closed

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Architect

Charles L. Wallace, 1910

Description

The solid limestone edifice of St. Mel's was once a thriving Irish Catholic parish. It was purchased in 1993 by the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, a growing congregation with a long history in the area. Very aware of the building's past, they have carefully updated the sanctuary while maintaining much of the intricate plaster and painted decoration. The Archdiocese of Chicago removed the large stained-glass rose windows, creating an opportunity for the new church to put a stamp on the building. In 2001, the Maafa Remembrance window was installed. Maafa is Swahili for "the great struggle." The window provides a powerful graphic reminder of the slave trade's imprint on this African-American church and the surrounding community. The newest window includes likenesses of child martyrs from the Civil Rights movement and Chicago’s urban violence, including Hadiyah Pendleton and Laquan McDonald.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will be allowed to enter and view the Sanctuary Area and Balcony of the New Mount Pilgrim Church. Visitors will be asked to wear masks inside the church. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour and take photographs.

More Info

NEW - update description with all three rose windows, including brand new one! Also need new photos - schedule that!