First Ebenezer Baptist Church

Church in East Side

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Martin Luther King Jr, his father and grandfather were all pastors here, and King Jr's mother was the choir director. Sadly she was murdered here by a deranged gunman while she sat at the organ in 1974. A multi-million-dollar restoration, completed in 2011, brought the church back to the 1960–68 period when King Jr served as copastor with his father. Today looped recordings of King's speeches play in the church building.

Sunday services are now held at the new Ebenezer Church across the street.


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