2. Faith Temple Church of God in Christ
It took three days for Shabazz’s friends to find a place of worship in Harlem willing to accommodate the funeral. Bishop Childs offered his church, the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ on 147th and Amsterdam Avenue. The funeral was held on February 27, and featured a tribute from Ossie Davis, who closed, “In honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves. And we will know him then for what he was and is – a Prince – our black shining Prince! – who didn’t hesitate to die, because he loved us so.”
The church is located in a former synagogue, one of the many that dotted Harlem from when it was the second largest Jewish community in the United States. You can still see the Star of David on the facade and on the doors today. Before the building was a synagogue even, it was a theater. Sadly, the building will soon face demolition to make way for a 10-story apartment building and new church on the site.