Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Jesus Saves

This Jesus Saves sign can be seen from almost any location in Atlanta - I love the fact that it really stands out while you are riding on the extremly busy 75/85 interchange through downtown - it simply cannot be missed - if you don't see it, you aren't looking at the skyline.

The sign sits atop Big Bethel A.M.E church, which was founded in 1847 and is and is the oldest predominantly African American congregation in the Atlanta area. In 1911, President William H. Taft spoke from the pulpit of Big Bethel.

The original church had a fire in 1920 and was rebuilt in 1922 (though some original walls remain). It was then that the Jesus Saves sign was erected on the steeple.

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