SNOOP! tour at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church

1161 E. 105th St. Cleveland, OH 44108

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024 10.00 a.m.

Members Only

Come tour The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, which recently unveiled an historic marker for the church’s involvement in Cleveland’s Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

Volunteer docents from the church will be on hand to lead groups through its historic sanctuary and its Legacy Hall which commemorates its civil rights history.

A highlight of the interior of the sanctuary is a decorated, painted dome with ornamental “Dalle de verre” stained glass, a mid-century glass art technique that renowned African American artist Douglas Phillips adopted using pieces of colored glass set in a matrix of supporting material.  Phillips was profiled in the Fall 2023 issue of Façade magazine.

Part of the Cleveland Civil Rights Trail, Greater Abyssinia served as the headquarters for the United Freedom Movement (UFM), a coalition of 50 organizations fighting for human rights founded in June 1963. UFM pressed city government to assure employment of Black tradesmen on major city public works construction projects and urged the school board to desegregate city schools.

Honored at Cleveland Restoration Society’s Community Luncheon in November, Rev. Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness was the force behind these pivotal moments in Cleveland’s Civil Rights movement and has been serving the congregation of Greater Abyssinia since 1961.

Parking: Parking lot on the corner of Tacoma Avenue and E. 105th Street

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