Ebenezer AME Church designated African American heritage site
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Courtesy of Shorefront Photographic Collection. Photo by Huntoon

Members of the Sunday School at Ebenezer AME, Evanston’s first black church, circa 1920.

The history of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Evanston’s first black church is one of community, persistence and activism.

Prior to its founding in 1882, black residents attended the predominantly white First Baptist Church. However, many black members of the congregation requested letters of dismission and would go on to…

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