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Abyssinian Baptist Church

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This 1923 Gothic-style church holds one of Harlem's richest legacies, dating to 1808 when a group of parishioners defected from the segregated First Baptist Church of New York City and established the first African-American Baptist church in New York State. Among its legendary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a powerful orator and civil rights leader and the first black U.S. congressman. Today sermons by Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III are fiery, and the several choirs are excellent. Dress your best, remember to not take pictures or videos, get there early—at least two hours ahead of time—and be prepared to wait in line outside (rain or shine).

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  • Address: 132 Odell Clark Pl. (W. 138th St.), between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. and Lenox Ave., Harlem, New York, NY, 10030 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/862–7474
  • Hours: Visitor services Wed. 7 pm and Sun. 11 am; no visitor services on major holidays.
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  • Subway: 2, 3 to 135th St
  • Location: Harlem
Updated: 02-25-2014

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