This detailed history of the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, begins with its organization in 1809 and continues through its relocations, its famous senior pastors, and its many crises and triumphs, up to the present. Considered the largest Protestant congregation in the United States during the pre-megachurch 1930s, this church plays a very important part in the history of New York City.
Genna Rae McNeil is professor of history at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she teaches United States history, African-American history, and U.S. Constitutional history. McNeil is widely known for her prize-winning Groundwork: Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights.
Eboni Marshall Turman is Assistant Research Professor of Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University, The Divinity School. Turman has taught theology and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2010-12) and Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC (2012-2013). She is the author of Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).