The National Museum of Gospel Music is prepping to open in Chicago!
The Gospel Museum will go on the site of the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church, which burned down in 2006.
Pilgrim Baptist Church has been credited as the birthplace of Gospel music. Thomas A. Dorsey, the “Father of Gospel Music”, was the music director at the church from 1932 until the late 1970s. His best-known composition, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”, was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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