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Abyssinian Baptist Church Office, New York City

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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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  • Look at all the information on the site of the Church before we go, we follow all the instructions ... but everyone who was in line with us were treated like criminals who organizes the queue is rude and they don't question any visitors .... horrible! Not worth the wear and tear.
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  • Don't miss the opportunity to preside over the gospel mass in this ancient Church. The elegance and holiness of the faithful, the fervor of prayer and the powerful and harmonious voices, will be an unforgettable and exciting. Mass lasts two hours, very long but worth it. Always have a proper demeanor and participatory, don't give in to fatigue, some members of the Congregation, to accomplish the control function, will be among you with watchful eye. There is a special section for the tourists on the first floor of this church, try to arrive at least one hour prior to the function, the Church is well known and popular. If you are unable to follow the mass in this church, remember that Sunday morning you can find in harlem so many other churches where the mass is sung with gospel choirs
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  • but I could get since the quota for tourists is limited. They don't treat people very well, have bad ways and shout much. Walk four blocks and went to another igledia where they received me very kindly. The music is dramatically exciting.
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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.
  • the best people and good brothers for the brasilian turists
  • Beautiful church and an interesting experience.
  • 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
  • Always be after service with different churches