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History of The Abyssinian Baptist Church

Our history conveys a rich legacy of leadership and faith, our activist commitment to serving the needs of the local and global community and a dedication to our mission of winning more souls for Christ.

A Great Migration


Reverend-Thomas-Paul-1902Rev. Dr. Charles Satchell Morris succeeded Robert Wynn as Abyssinian’s pastor.  During Morris’s tenure, the Waverly Place church was sold and the income used to begin purchasing a church and apartment house on West 40th Street. The relocation of the church to 242 West 40th Street echoed a migration of the city’s black population uptown.  When Morris’s health failed, he helped the church secure a new pastor.