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Benjamin Ridgeway

Benjamin Ridgeway

Decatur Library Auditorium

February 5, 2014, 7:15p.m.

Ebenezer (meaning “rock or stone of help”) Baptist Church in Atlanta was founded in 1886 from a small group of believers, many of whom were former slaves, in a boxlike structure on Airline Alley. Today, Ebenezer has grown to an internationally known church with over 4,000 members. The Gothic architecture of the Heritage Sanctuary on Auburn Avenue, coupled with the influence of the African meetinghouse seen in the architecture of the Horizon Sanctuary across the street, reflects the diversity of outreach of Ebenezer’s ministry. Ebenezer has been a beacon of racial pride and social consciousness. The love and cooperation between the members and the pastor have created a family atmosphere that has sustained the growth and expansion of the church. Benjamin C. Ridgeway, an educator and a member of Ebenezer for more than 30 years, has collected the images in this book from the church archives, longtime members, and other sources. The images illustrate an environment out of which many leaders in both the religious and political worlds have come.