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Friendship Baptist to celebrate 150-year anniversary

ATLANTA—Friendship Baptist Church will celebrate its 151-year anniversary on Sunday, April 28, at 10 a.m., 437 Mitchell St., S.W.

As part of a month-long celebration, the church will host a recital this evening (April 21)  at 6.  The naming ceremony of  “The Samuel W. Williams Organ and Rededication Recital” will feature A. Nathaniel Gumbs, guest organist, and Friendship Baptist Church combined choirs, directed by Dr. James Abbington and Dr. Sharon J. Willis.

Established in 1862 and independently organized in 1866, Friendship Baptist is Atlanta’s first Black Baptist autonomous congregation. Friendship is revered as the mother church among Baptists in Atlanta because of its role in harmoniously forming several other congregations throughout the city. These churches include: Mount Zion Second Baptist, Providence Missionary Baptist, Wheat Street Baptist, Paradise Baptist, Zion Hill Baptist, Antioch Baptist, Little Friendship Baptist, and Union Baptist Church.

The guest speaker for the April 28 memorial service, themed “Moving Forward in the Spirit of Christian Unity,” will be the Rev. Charles G. Adams, Sr., pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.  The combined choirs at Friendship, under the direction of Dr. Sharon J. Willis and Dr. James Abbington, will provide music for the day.

The anniversary celebration 2013 is co-chaired by Ms. Billye Aaron and Ms. Henrietta

Antoinin.  Friendship is under the leadership of the Rev. Emanuel McCall.

For more information, call 404-688-0206.