Resolution J105-2013

Commemorating the 140th Anniversary of Lenox Road Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York



  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 140th Anniversary of Lenox Road
Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York, to be celebrated on Sunday, Novem-
ber 25, 2012

WHEREAS,  Religious  institutions,  and  the  many spiritual, social and
educational benefits they confer, play a vital role in  the  development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  tradition  of this State and this Nation to pay
tribute to those institutions and individuals who  have  contributed  to
the ethical and spiritual values of their communities; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  justly proud to commemorate the
140th Anniversary of Lenox Road Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York, to
be celebrated on Sunday, November 25, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, The Lenox Road Baptist Church started as a prayer meeting  in
February of 1871, and had some of its first meetings in the Schoenmakers
Hall,  now 893 Flatbush Avenue; the church itself was formally organized
on March 12, 1872, and publicly recognized as  a  regularly  constituted
Baptist Church on April 12, 1872; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Lenox Road Baptist Church began as an all-white congre-
gation in 1871, and continued so up to the early 1970s; the racial tran-
sition started during the early 1960s when there was a tremendous amount
of social unrest; and
  WHEREAS, The community and the church went through several demographic
and socio-economic changes; many migrated from the  southern  states  as
well  as from the Caribbean, Panama, British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica,
Guyana, as well as other parts of the world; and
  WHEREAS, During this period, housing and business ownership by the new
immigrants changed the racial and ethnic composition  of  the  community
and the church; as more African Americans and Caribbean-Americans became
members of the Lenox Road Baptist Church, the direction and focus of the
church's ministries changed to a more socially oriented service; and
  WHEREAS,  On  December  23, 1975, the 103-year-old landmark church was
totally destroyed by fire; this event appeared to have been the catalyst
that brought the "old" church and the emerging new membership to  a  new
direction  in  doing  ministry, and the rebuilding of the old church was
the main thrust and motivation; and
  WHEREAS, The community responded to the need of the church by  provid-
ing  a  meeting  place  for  Sunday  services  at the Grand Theatre; the
membership continued to grow despite the fire, and the church called  on
its first African American minister in 1977; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  its  inception,  Lenox  Road Baptist Church has had a
total of 18 pastors including its current one, The Reverend Dr.  Kirkpa-
trick G. Cohall; and
  WHEREAS,  Under the luminous direction of The Reverend Dr. Kirkpatrick
G.  Cohall, the Lenox Road Baptist Church stands  on  the  threshold  of
tomorrow,  prepared  to  meet the challenges of the coming decades while
retaining that spiritual resolve which characterizes its past; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  religious
institutions  of  such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the  citizens
of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 140th Anniversary of Lenox Road Baptist Church of Brook-
lyn, New York, to be observed on Sunday, November 25, 2012, fully confi-
dent that this commemoration reflects the belief in those  values  which
enhance the dignity and purpose of life; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Reverend Dr. Kirkpatrick G. Cohall.


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