As part of the ACM Community Documentation Initiative, the museum continues its commitment to the exploration and examination of American religious history, experience, and expressions through the “Houses of Worship Project (HOW).” The project involves canvassing and mapping every house of worship in Far Southeast – wards 7 and 8 – and researching various aspects of local religious history and community involvement. The HOW project allows the museum to present to community residents, researchers, and congregations accurate information on the role and impact of religious institutions of all faiths in community life. Data collected provides in-depth understanding of the challenges, issues, and successes faced by communities of faith in the present-day social, political, and economic climate. HOW contributes to a comprehensive mapping of community resources and indicators and comprises a major component of the museum’s overall documentation of community history and development.

 

Resources

Please read the Houses of Worship 2009 Summary Report.

Soft sculptures on a pew at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church. Photograph by Chimere Becote/ACM.

Soft sculptures on a pew at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church. Photograph by Chimere Becote/ACM

Pastor Lois Void and the Dancing with a Purpose Ministry liturgical dancers

Parishioners outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

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