What is left of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood stands fenced in, its limestone façade is supported by white bracings. A tattered church sign with bold blue lettering hangs with no upcoming events listed. The peaceful yet eerie nature of the church can be attributed to a fire that happened eight years ago while workers renovated its roof.
On Sundays, Pilgrim parishioners worship across the street from the historic church at 3300 S. Indiana Ave. Services are held on the first floor of a multi-story building owned by the church. The second floor of the building has offices and a spacious room where church members arrange breakfasts and tea parties. Worshippers dress in their Sunday best, sing songs and clap along to hymns. A cross with illustrations of four doves is painted on a wall that faces the flock.