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Bishop William Roberts was an amazing spiritual leader who established Chicago’s first Church of God In Christ in 1916. His voice gave hope to thousands of African Americans, most of whom were finding their

way north from the deeply racist and dangerous southern states.


On March 29, 2006 in Illinois, the Chicago City Council officially declared Roberts Temple Church of God In Christ a Chicago Landmark. The honor was awarded because of its role in the historic four day viewing and funeral of Emmett Till in 1955. An estimated 100,000 people visited Roberts Temple to view the mutilated body of 14 year-old Emmett. His tragic death brought international attention to the ugly face

of racism and further fueled the civil rights movement.

Roberts Temple has many stories that are rich and undiminished with time. It is our hope to learn and
to share some of those stories that future generations may also experience the gift of this national treasure.


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