A Great Migration


Rev. Dr. Charles Satchell Morris succeeded Robert Wynn as Abyssinian’s pastor.  During Morris’s tenure, the Waverly Place church was sold and the income used to begin purchasing a church and apartment house on West 40th Street. The relocation of the church to 242 West 40th Street echoed a migration of the city’s black population uptown.  When Morris’s health failed, he helped the church secure a new pastor.

Rev. Charles Satchell Morris (left) with his father-in-law, activist Frederick Douglass