The Garden of Joy was torn down in the mid-1920s in order to build the Abyssinian Baptist Church

This was the open-air cabaret of the Blues singer, Mamie Smith, located on 7th Avenue between 138th and 139th Streets. It was a plateau with a large, wooden floor complete with tables, chairs, and an orchestra and propped-up roof. Musician, Coleman Hawkins played here with Mamie Smith for a while also. This club was predominantly Black—only a few white people may be spotted by chance. It catered to homosexuals and heterosexuals alike. Down the street, the Abyssinian Baptist Church would hold its camp meetings, so a mixture of Blues and gospel could be heard throughout the summer nights. Eventually, however, The Garden of Joy would be torn down and replaced by the Abyssinian Baptist Church.


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