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Immanuel Baptist
Immanuel Church
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 Organized January 26, 1897, the Immanuel Baptist Church's building was located at 191 Adams Street next to the municipal building in Fields Corner.

In 1930 its Pastor was:

Ralph Leslie Rood

The church building burned in the 1980s, and the site is now a parking lot.


Dorchester Old and New, 1630-1930. Dorchester: Chapple Publishing Company for the Dorchester, Massachusetts, Tercentenary Committee, 1930.

The Fire (From the Boston Globe)

Feb. 24, 1983

Fire struck the Immanuel Baptist Church at 191 Adams St. in Dorchester yesterday, destroying the top two floors of the religious home of a small Hispanic congregation, firefighters reported. The blaze began at 5:15 p.m. in the second floor office of the pastor, Rev. Juan Phillips, firefighters at the scene said, and spread to the steeple before it was brought under control at 6 p.m. Firefighters estimated the damage at $25,000. Rev. Phillips said the steeple housed the church's library and records.

"I was just in the process of buying insurance, so we didn't have any," Rev. Phillips said as he watched firefighters pry planks of charred wood from the 90-year-old building. He said his congregation of 45 Hispanics is "too small and too poor" to contribute to repairing the church building. Firefighters and policemen said they suspect the fire may be the result of arson, and that the arson squad is investigating.
The building next to the church, the Fields Corner Municipal Building at 195 Adams st., has gone up in flames several times in the past month, firefighters said, and has been under 24-hour surveillance last few weeks. "The proximity and the timing make this fire look all too suspicious," one policeman at the scene said of the church's fire.

The Hispanic congregation has been using the Immanuel Baptist Church as its home since 1976, Rev. Phillips said.

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Created: September 28, 2003   Modified: February 27, 2005