Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shiloh Baptist

I have been wanting to see the rotunda glass at Shiloh Baptist, and Saturday i saw it. Shiloh is the oldest congregation of black Baptists in Cleveland, and the second oldest black congregation in the city. At first, they worshipped with other Baptists in town. Not everyone at First Baptist Church was pleased with their growing numbers. A black mission church came in 1849.  The next year, they were independent. At several times since then, the internal politics had pastors leave to form new congregations.

Temple B'nai Jeshurun was built in 1906 on E. 55 & Scovill, and sold to Shiloh in 1923. In 1925 a march from the then church building to the present one occurred.  Many synagogues in Cleveland were sold to black congregations.
a view of the rotunda from Scovill
from one open window (on a hot day), the opposite window is visible
Greek columns of the portico
 There are two murals inside this former Jewish synagogue. One is the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and the second is the Last Supper.

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