CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a church on Chicago’s West Side where Martin Luther King Jr. preached could become a historic landmark.
Emanuel said that the city’s Landmarks Commission will consider the designation for Stone Temple Baptist Church.
The church was built in 1926 as a synagogue for Jews fleeing anti-Semitism in Romania. An African-American Baptist congregation that supported civil rights bought it in 1954. The congregation’s pastor was friends with King, who spoke there starting in 1959.
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