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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.

Abyssinian 200


Abyssinian 200 year anniversaryAbyssinian celebrated its 200-year anniversary. Anniversary events included special worship services, an original theme song composed by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, an exhibition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, commissioned art work, galas, a musical CD, and Wynton Marsalis’s “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration,” written for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the United Voices of Abyssinian choir. The work was performed at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and at the church.

Much of the celebration was chronicled at