City - Chicago, IL - The birthplace of Gospel music 1941 - Side
Photograph - Colorized Photo
Colorized photo from 1941, April Original title: Crowd coming out of Pilgrim Baptist Church Photographer: Russell Lee Location: 3301 S. Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL
This building started as a Jewish synagogue that was built in 1891, when the tenants moved out to a new temple, it was turned into a church. This church went on and started gospel music as the legend goes. It was still being used as the Pilgrim Baptist church till 2006 when it burned down during a botched roof repair. It destroyed the entire building, tall roof, windows near by other buildings and all the cars in the lot. Today its a burned out building of only 3 walls, held together with heavy duty scaffolding. They want to rebuild it, but its not built yet as of this writing.
I removed that ugly pole in the center and on the right. Normally for these documentary shots I leave it all alone. Because its a pain to remove things like a pole, as I had to rebuild the scene where the poles were missing. I thought it would look better without the distraction.
The colors for the church were recent, and I could match it up, even the stained glass. I would not have used those colors otherwise.
The gray squares, were that color. Made to look like the limestone. But when they went to clean the grime off of them, they took the glazing off with it, turning the stones to a beige color. Which actually blends even better.
January 30th, 2023
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