There’s no escaping the importance of the church when telling the story of blacks in America. From the moment the first slave ship arrived, and Christianity was initially implanted into the hearts of the transplanted Africans, the church has served as the indisputable social and spiritual heartbeat of the community. Particularly in Atlanta, when the city served as the central headquarters of the civil rights movement, the church played a vital role within the community. Whether holding planning meetings or serving as a vessel to disseminate important messages to the masses, the churches in Atlanta were crucial to the movement.

Let’s take a look at five churches, in particular, that will forever be woven into the fabric of Atlanta’s black story. Click continue to see five historic black churches in Atlanta.

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