Still Standing Strong


Abyssinian celebrated its 205th Anniversary.

Events included “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration,” a reprisal of Wynton Marsalis’ “Abyssinian Mass.” Commissioned to commemorate the church’s 200th Anniversary in 2008, the piece was performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra during a U.S. tour and at Lincoln Center’s Rose theater with the United Voices of Abyssinian.

Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, preached at worship services marking the anniversary.