The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City

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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  • One front away: that was a very impressive service with great music and a great Gospel Choir. also the sermon was rousing and so, as you imagine it. Very moving. The mixed feelings arise, that it is somewhat weird, when about 200 white tourists sit on the Gallery to watch the local black churchgoers in the divine service. Still, we regret the visit never. But it would be nice if would go here only tourists who at least understand what's at stake. This was today certainly many not the case, the no English spoken have. That's a little as if you were in the Zoo.
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  • I am a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. I go there most Sunday Mornings and most Wednesday Evenings for a less formal, more musical worship service. I see that people are trying to sell packag...  more »
  • Donot to attend mass in this church. You will lose time and will only spoil the holiday, making long lines, arguing with a fan which looks like the security guy and decides to his free will who is authorized to enter the Church and who is not; What are the bags that go well and those not. Will tell you with conceit that backpacks and large bags you can not access the function, and that's not a problem its dump site. But then he will ask you to leave in his car under $10 entry. It is the second time I go to Harlem to attend a mass, and in both cases, after suffering such theaters, I chose other churches and are so glad we did because I lived wonderful experiences, from goose bumps! But especially true! People who greet you with hugs, that ask you to sit next to them, clasping hands to sing together. So if you want to participate in a real mass, this is not the place! It's just a great tourist tomfoolery. Harlem is full of churches and real people is waiting for you with open arms ... even a few steps from there ...
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  • These people are raicist. They are crooks. All the parishioners drive brand new luxury vehicles and double park blocking The streets. No one ever want to come and move. They don't let white people in unless they "buy a ticket" The pastor preached in a sermon that call cops are Pigs.... This isn't a church,it's a house of hate and entitlement
  • I just started going to Abyssinian & this is my 5th Sunday attending. I'm loving each & very Sunday it's like I'm hungry for the word & blessings.
  • an incredible gospel place. go to the wednesday office at 7:00 PM, more intimate and reeally great!
  • My Church Home, Marvelous Services and wonderful choir.
  • It's a wonderful place to worship God.

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