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|Interim Pastor Dr. David M. Neff; Linda P. Miller, left|
|from the designation report|
Although in 1901 Booker T. Washington was invited to Second Presbyterian and drew a turnaway crowd, it wasn't until 1958 that the first Afro-American was admitted to membership, a late catch-up as the racial makeup of the community had been changing. Soon the survival of a treasure built by millionaires had become the responsibility of a largely poor Afro-American congregation.
Second Presbyterian Church has worship services ever Sunday at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of Interim Pastor Rev. Dr. David M. Neff. In the fall, the church's Sunday afternoon concert series, Sounds of the South Loop, is scheduled to resume a new schedule. In addition, Friends of Historic Second Church offers guided tours, Wednesday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (holidays excepted), and every Sunday after services (approximately 12:15 p.m.) Brochures are also available for self-guided tours during the hours the church is open.Read more:
- Renwick/Shaw Second Presbyterian designated National Historic Landmark
- The Second Presbyterian Church - detailed photographs of the building and its art by Jyoti Srivastava
- Wendy Bright's excellent tour and history of Second Presbyterian
- National Historic Landmark Nomination - designation report, highly informative and profusely illustrated.
- Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago Mission Study, from 2012 - includes a detailed history of the church