Founded in 1886 by Rev. John Parker, in 1894 Rev. A.D. Williams became pastor, maternal grandfather of Dr. King. 1931 the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr who was the assistant pastor at the time began his leadership of Ebenezer. This building in my opinion was the village that nurtured and encouraged a young man to believe that he had the power to change the world.
If you have time, spend a few moments enjoying the simplistic beauty of the church. The haunting voice that speaks as you sit in the sanctuary makes you feel as if Dr King is in the room. You can feel his presence, his voice consumes your senses to a point of paralysis. You simply sit, comforted by his words.
The church itself seems completely unchanged and as it would have looked in the 1960’s. The pictures on the walls are timeless black and whites, the boards creek as you walk.
The picnic chairs instantly reminded me that many people of all races and faces gathered to seek solutions to the problems faced not just by African Americans, but all of humanity. Enjoy the shadowboxes that have photos of the family as well as the history of the church displayed on the walls. Grab a map of the area, and also one of the pamphlets provided at the entrance and plan the remainder of your visit. Before you leave, head across the street and visit the Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary.
I’m just a brown girl, traveling the world, trying to make something beautiful