• Creator
  • Miller, Patricia L; Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 7-15-02
  • Description
  • Salem Baptist Church, 500 East Park Street, Champaign. The present building stands on site of original frame church, built 1869. Together with the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, it was one of the earliest predominantly Black churches founded in Champaign County. It was originally founded under the name of the Second Baptist Church in 1867 and burned down in th 1870s. While it was being rebuilt, the members of the church rented anot... more
    Salem Baptist Church, 500 East Park Street, Champaign. The present building stands on site of original frame church, built 1869. Together with the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, it was one of the earliest predominantly Black churches founded in Champaign County. It was originally founded under the name of the Second Baptist Church in 1867 and burned down in th 1870s. While it was being rebuilt, the members of the church rented another facility on East Clark Street. The name of the church was changed to Salem Baptist Church in the early 1900s. The church in this photo was built at 500 East Park Street around the same time. A mortgage-burning ceremony was held at the Salem Baptist Church in 1950. The church has served the need of Champaign's African-American community since 1867. Urban Treasure Hunt. 16 History; 18 Social Systems. less
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  • Salembaptistchurch.jpg