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James Baldwin: Established in 1938, this church was where Baldwin wrote in Go Tell it on the Mountain that his religious life came to dominate his adolescence. For three years, his stepfather preached here, playing a huge part of his personal journey and having a strong influence on his character. The language of the church and bible clearly started to influence his writing style, especially its cadences and tone. He attended the church several nights a week from eight to midnight and preached once a week on Young Ministers’ Night. While the church has since moved to 71 Thayer Street, members of the current congregation still remember Baldwin’s presence.


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