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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.

Looking Back, Moving Ahead


Abyssinian celebrated Black History Month with a special book signing to mark the release of Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York.

Witness is a detailed history of the church beginning with its formal organization in 1809, up to its 200th anniversary year in 2008 and explores the important role Abyssinian has played in the history of New York City.