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Abyssinian Baptist Church Office, New York City

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2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
The Abyssinian Baptist Church, located at 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1922-23 and was designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son in Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles - it has also been described as "Collegiate Gothic". It features stained glass windows and marble furnishings The church is noted for its ministers, including Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Over the years, the church has served as a place for African American spirituality, politics and community.The church and its associated community house were designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.HistoryThe congregation began after an incident in 1808, when visiting free Ethiopian seamen and allied African-American parishioners left the First Baptist Church in protest over being restricted to racially segregated seating. They named their new congregation the Abyssinian Baptist Church after the historic name of Ethiopia. Founded in 1809, it was the third oldest Baptist church in America.
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  • We arrived with a slight delay because of bad weather. now the taxi was paid so we went to church too. At the entrance to an employee (but not security) she immediately said that having begun putting couldn't get ... so we moved in anticipation of the cab under a canopy near the entrance. Again the attendant warned us to move us because it was owned by the Church. So we moved again and drove around some buildings continued to follow us thinking maybe we don't want to abandon the city. So we said that because it was raining we just wanted to wait for the taxi. The type in question has been hurled towards a partner who has obviously answered if not saying he'd call the police. So the guy has literally put his hands on me continuing to rail against taking him by the jacket lapel with violence and strattonandolo. We were stunned and perplexed in front of an absurd and reckless reaction of this magnitude. So never ever recommend this church. Go somewhere else ... Here they don't know what it means to the concept of education and respect for others. Dont ruin the holiday to extremist and fanatical these people. Violence must not belong to the Church. SO FOR ME THIS IS NOT A CHURCH.
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  • The building, the music, the singing and the sermon were all wonderful. The choir, the pastor and the Guest Preacher were inspirational. It was also lovely to witness the blessing of two babies on the...  read more »
  • I approached me last Sunday not to go to the typical tourist Church and not even let me look me. A lady in very bad ways left me that "no visits" and with a very few friends face... But in the 125 there is a large that although there are some that another tourist is large and the choir is brutal
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  • They won't accept visitors anymore and send you to another church without gospel, a 20 minutes service just full of tourists. Not authentic at all. Very poor experience.
  • Beautiful church and an interesting experience.
  • the best people and good brothers for the brasilian turists
  • This Church was founded in 1808 It is one of the oldest Churches in NYC. The presiding Pastor is a Great ortator and wonderful person. I was delighted to visit this church with such a perstigious history. I really enjoyed my visit and will vist again
  • The church personnel is disrespectful.
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