September 27, 2018 | Doors: 5 pm | Concert: 6 pm | Free and open to the public, but tickets are required
A limited number of tickets are available Monday – Friday between 9 am and 6 pm at the following Bill Busters locations: 105 West Madison, Suite 2300 and 10708 South Western Ave.
Maximum four tickets per person.
The National Museum of Gospel Music Concert will celebrate the power and impact of gospel music while introducing a new cultural attraction to the community and encouraging future support. Intended to become an annual event, this free performance is open to the public and features Stellar Gospel Music Award winners, leading Chicago area artists and others. The 2018 performance is hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones and Inspiration 1390 & V103 On Air Host, Sonya Blakey.
Artists scheduled to appear include: Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, Tamela Mann, Anthony Brown, Koryn Hawthorne, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Jekalyn Carr, Ricky Dillard, JJ Hairston, Pastor Smokie Norful, Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, Sir the Baptist, and others.
Apostolic Faith Church
3843 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Street and lot parking available
Today the landmark limestone walls sit secured and stabilized. Jersey walls were installed to create pedestrian walkways at the request of the GAP Community. Preservationists, the City of Chicago, the Bronzeville community and the religious and gospel music communities are leading the way to create a new international treasure, the National Museum of Gospel Music. A 501 (3) nonprofit organization, the National Museum of Gospel Music will celebrate the impact of gospel music, the lives and legacies of the musicians who create it and preserve its heritage for the future.
On January 2, 2006, a fire was accidentally started during a roof repair project. The fire completely gutted the building but left the historic brick and stone walls structurally sound and intact. Currently, the site quietly remains to await its next step on its journey as the birthplace of gospel music.
Pilgrim Baptist Church is a historical landmark on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is located on South Indiana Avenue in the thriving Bronzeville neighborhood. Pilgrim was designed in 1890 by architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler and originally constructed as a synagogue. In 1922 a Baptist congregation acquired the building forming Pilgrim Baptist Church and creating a safe haven and pillar of hope for African Americans migrating from the south.
In the 1930s Pilgrim became known as the birthplace of gospel music. Thomas Dorsey, (The Father of Gospel Music) served as the music director for decades. Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland, Aretha Franklin, Albertina Walker and the Staple Singers among many artists who performed at the church. At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered sermons at the church, building on the church’s legacy, rich culture and tradition of activism during this integral part of American history.
On April 26, 1973, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places (a list of buildings deemed worthy of preservation by the United States Government) and was granted landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on December 18, 1981.