ANGIER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH

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ANGIER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH

2101
,
Durham
NC
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Built in
1924
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  • Submitted by Michael Bacon on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:18pm

    Just out of curiosity... You say that it's been able to "sustain itself within the context of changing demographics." To put it more bluntly, does this remain a predominantly white church, or has it transitioned to being predominantly black, or is that rarest of rarities, a church that is actually relatively integrated?

  • Submitted by Gary on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:18pm

    Michael

    I don't actually know; I didn't get a chance to speak with anyone at the church.

    GK

  • Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:19pm

    According to this interesting article, the church is predominantly white.

    http://www.durhamvoice.org/2009/11/06/angier-ave-baptist-is-an-necd-anom...

  • Submitted by Gary on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:19pm

    Thanks Anon - a nice article by the UNC students at VOICE. Just a note that the picture they have in the article showing the original building is incorrect. That's the original First Presbyterian downtown.

    GK

  • Submitted by Vivian Taylor Briggs on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 2:00am

    The church is still predominantly white. I know the pastor and his wife. The church has generations of families that continue to worship at the church. I attended a funeral, and I met family members of folks that I knew as a child.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

  • Submitted by Vivian Taylor Briggs on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 12:19pm

    The church is still predominantly white. I know the pastor and his wife. The church has generations of families that continue to worship at the church. I attended a funeral, and I met family members of folks that I knew as a child.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

  • Submitted by Karen on Friday, January 25, 2013 - 3:17pm

    Here's a paperweight with (I think) an image of the original building, from NC Collection website (E073). 

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  • Wed, 08/17/2011 - 12:52pm by gary

Location

35° 58' 56.1828" N, 78° 52' 39.0576" W

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2101
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1924
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
National Register: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

Angier Avenue Baptist, along with Carr Methodist, traces its origins to the establishment of East Durham in the 1880s. In 1886, two years after the establishment of the Durham Cotton Manufacturing Company, RT Howerton of the First Baptist Church organized Sunday School classes in one of two original schoolhouses in East Durham - the Oak Grove School on East Pettigrew Street next to the Durham Cotton Manufacturing Co.

In 1889, members of the Sunday School established the East Durham Baptist Church. Jean Anderson notes that charter members were "Mrs. Jane Gray, Mrs. FD Hudson, and Mrs. AW Renn," who donated a site for a sanctuary on the northeast corner of South Driver Street and Angier Ave.; they built a frame church structure at that location.

(Interestingly, the building is noted as the East Durham M.E. Church on the 1913 Sanborn map...)


1913 Sanborn Map.

In 1924, the original frame church was demolished and replaced by the present neoclassical brick structure; the church was renamed the Angier Avenue Baptist Church.


Angier Avenue Baptist Church, 1950s
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

In 1963, the church expanded to the north, removing houses along South Driver Street to add an "Education Building" annex.


Angier Avenue Baptist Church - Educational Building addition, 05.28.63
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)


Angier Avenue Baptist, 1980


Angier Avenue Baptist Church, 06.14.93
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

Unlike Carr Methodist, the Angier Avenue has been able to sustain itself within the context of changing demographics in East Durham and remains an active congregation.


Angier Avenue Baptist, 10.02.10

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35.982273,-78.877516

Comments

Just out of curiosity... You say that it's been able to "sustain itself within the context of changing demographics." To put it more bluntly, does this remain a predominantly white church, or has it transitioned to being predominantly black, or is that rarest of rarities, a church that is actually relatively integrated?

Michael

I don't actually know; I didn't get a chance to speak with anyone at the church.

GK

According to this interesting article, the church is predominantly white.

http://www.durhamvoice.org/2009/11/06/angier-ave-baptist-is-an-necd-anom...

Thanks Anon - a nice article by the UNC students at VOICE. Just a note that the picture they have in the article showing the original building is incorrect. That's the original First Presbyterian downtown.

GK

The church is still predominantly white. I know the pastor and his wife. The church has generations of families that continue to worship at the church. I attended a funeral, and I met family members of folks that I knew as a child.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

The church is still predominantly white. I know the pastor and his wife. The church has generations of families that continue to worship at the church. I attended a funeral, and I met family members of folks that I knew as a child.-Vivian Taylor Briggs

Here's a paperweight with (I think) an image of the original building, from NC Collection website (E073). 

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