Pond Street Baptist Church

75 Chester Avenue

The Pond Street Baptist Church was organized in 1835 and is located on the West Side of Providence. It is also formerly known as The Second Free Will Baptist Church. The congregation’s history is connected with the underground railroad and known for being apart of the anti-slavery movement.

– written by Keila Davis

1960s - 1970s


Clarence “Clay” Osborne Sings as Tenor Soloist at Pond St. Church

Before becoming the famous pianist and vocalist who would define Rhode Island jazz culture during the second half of the 20th century, Clay Osborne sang in a number of Providence church choirs as tenor soloist. -written by Felicia Bevel



Sissieretta Sings at Pond Street

In Sissiertta's early years she begins singing at the Pond Street Baptist Church prior to receiving formal training. Her father Rev. Jeremiah Malachi Joyner, became pastor of the Pond Street Baptist Church.

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