Agoga Tabernacle BY PAT SIDES

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The Agoga Tabernacle was located on the northeast corner of Fourth and Cherry streets from 1923 to 1967, when it was razed to make room for Welborn Clinic. The spacious structure was erected at a cost of $80,000 by First Baptist Church, a still-active congregation that traces its roots in Evansville to 1847, whose building stands on the northwest corner of the intersection. The purpose of the tabernacle was two-fold: to house the Agoga Bible Class, which grew a membership of 800 men within a decade, and to provide a space for athletics. Beginning in 1947, it hosted the popular Tri-State Independent Basketball Tournament until the building closed, boosted by the church’s belief that sports promoted “clean living and finer citizenship.” 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. My father was one of the Presidents of the
    AGOGA BIBLE CLASS, he held that position
    for over 30 years.

    The new building was erected in 1967 by the
    AGOGA from monies received for their old building. Not by any funding from First Baptist Church.

    The AGOGA was always a separate entity.

    They were never legally owned in anyway
    by the First Baptist Church until the late 1990’s when “trustees of the AGOGA BIBLE CLASS” signed it over when so many of the
    members had passed away or were to ill to
    be able to attend.

    I know this as I was one of the class officers
    to sign it over to First Baptist Church.
    And at no time did the First Baptist Church
    pay anything towards the building.

    I grew up attending First Baptist Church and
    the AGOGA BIBLE CLASS.

    Vicki Kavanaugh Brown,
    Daughter of:
    Charles F. Kavanaugh,
    President AGOGA BIBLE CLASS

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