Messiah Baptist Church, Kensington, Philadelphia

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Date: 16 Oct 1873 [unknown]
Location: Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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16 Oct 1873: Cornerstone laid for new chapel at 2055 E Dauphin St (between Amber and Coral streets). Neighborhood is now known as East Kensington/Fishtown.[1]

The first pastor was Rev. George L. C. Hanna, formerly of Mount Zion Baptist Church (later Frankford Avenue Baptist Church), and most initial members, consisting of a roll of 90 names, came over from that church.[2]

By 1902 the building was empty, at which point it was occupied by the Kensington branch of the Free Library, until it moved in 1953. [3]

Afterward, the church building was demolished. The lot remained vacant until 2019; between 2019 and 2021, an addition to an adjacent rowhouse at 2053 E Dauphin was built on part of the lot.


  1. George Ledlie Carson Hanna, 1873-1875
  2. Silas Porter Pendleton, 1875-1876
  3. Clarence A. Adams, 1877-1883?[5][6]
  4. William Williams Dalby, 1883-1889
  5. Orlando Thomas Steward, 1892-1894
  6. George Boddis, 1894-?[7]
An obituary of George Boddis says Messiah Baptist was in Manayunk rather than Kensington; was this a different church/location, or an error in the obituary?


  1. Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Oct 1873, p.2.

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