Pilgrim Baptist Church

- 743 Central Avenue -

Pilgrim Baptist Church was started in 1863 by Rev. Robert T. Hickman and his prayer group, who called themselves “Pilgrims.” Its current building at 743 Central Av. dates from 1928 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The church not only is a place of worship it also played a role in establishing institutions important to Frogtowners, including the St. Paul chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or NAACP (1916), the local Urban League chapter (1923), and the Hallie Q. Brown Center in 1929. The Sterling Club, a social club, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters also met at the church.

The church’s brick building is designed in a simple Romanesque style. Note the main three-door entry and take a moment to look at the detailed windows. Many windows depict symbols of the church and people and moments important in church history.

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Congregation gathered at church on opening day. Date: December 16, 1928 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Congregation gathered at church on opening day. Date: December 16, 1928 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Congregation gathered at church on opening day. Date: December 16, 1928 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Date: 1975 Image courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Jane McClure, “Pilgrim Baptist Church,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed May 23, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/228.

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