Ebenezer Baptist Church is a beautiful historic building that now is home to the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Also, Sundillia Music concerts are held at this location (450 E Thach Avenue, Auburn, AL). It was built by former slaves on a rise that was once called Baptist Hill. The half acre was donated for the church building by L.W. Payne. The Ebenezer building was completed in 1870 and served the group for almost a century. Locals often heard singing during their fellowship time. Paperwork compiled in 1975 by W. Warner Floyd, executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission on behalf of Auburn Heritage as the group sought to place Ebenezer Baptist on the National Register of Historic Places, noted that the Ebenezer congregation had organized before 1868.
The building is a treasure, the oldest still-standing African American church building in Auburn. The men who built it did so at night, after having to work their regular jobs all day. Their wives and daughters helped by building small fires in a great circle around the building site, to provide light by which the workers could assemble the structure.
“Ebenezer” is a Bible term referring to a “stone of help” which Samuel had set up and called that name. The story can be found in 1 Samuel 7.
I often walk by this building and it still holds so much charm and it has so many lovely old flowers blooming all throughout the year. I took a few pictures on a recent walk to share with you.
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