Churches Across Atlanta - Big Bethel A.M.E.: Big Bethel A.M.E. is the oldest predominantly African American congregation in the city, dating back to 1847, when Atlanta was still called Marthasville. The neon cross and blue “Jesus Saves” signs atop its tall steeple are as iconic as the Coca-Cola sign at Five Points. The church was the original home for both the Gate City Colored School, Atlanta’s first public school for African Americans, and Morris Brown College. Its large facility, located on Auburn Avenue, made it Sweet Auburn’s de facto city hall. And more recently, dignitaries from Nelson Mandela to President Clinton have visited here. The ministry continues today under the leadership of Pastor Gregory V. Eason Sr. 220 Auburn Avenue, 404-827-9707, bigbethelame.org - Photo Albums - Atlanta Magazine
 
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