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Salem Baptist Church, Champaign, Illinois
Salem Baptist Church, Champaign, Illinois
Resource Typeimage
TitleSalem Baptist Church, Champaign, Illinois
Coverage / Year1950
DescriptionSalem Baptist Church, 500 East Park Street, Champaign.
InterpretationThe 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.
Lesson Plans / ThemesUrban Treasure Hunt;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems
Author or CreatorMiller, Patricia L.; Illinois Heritage Association;
Subject / KeywordsBuildings; Champaign, Illinois; Churches
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifierpmh4002
CONTENTdm file name4628171572002_salembaptistchurch.jpg
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