Built in 1920, the older, abandoned building formerly housed the conservative, pro-segregationist Temple Baptist Church from 1934 to 1951. It barred African Americans from attending, city records show.
Looking for more space to accommodate a quickly growing congregation, King Solomon Baptist Church, founded in 1926, moved into the building a year after it was vacated by Temple Baptist, and the auditorium across the street became a popular stage for influential black leaders.
King Solomon Baptist Church still exists today and the new location is directly across the street from the old abandoned one, where the images below were taken.
Canon EOS 60D |
Original size: 5184x3456 |
Current: 800x534 |