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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