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The Abyssinian Baptist Church, 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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  • We did not get to go inside but enjoyed looking at the architecture and hearing the history of the church and prominent members.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We tried to go to an 11:30am service on Sunday 21st August. Even though it was a sweltering day we forgo our usual shorts & sandals and tried to dress appropriately. When we arrived there was a small ...  more »
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  • It's a wonderful place to worship God.
  • an incredible gospel place. go to the wednesday office at 7:00 PM, more intimate and reeally great!
  • My church home: watch night service singing in the choir is always a bonus
  • 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.
  • Always be after service with different churches