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Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore

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61 Reviews

Kiah N


A world of information, Afrikan History, and Pan-African Spiritual reverence.



Love this place!

Patrick W


i love this store when I stayed in the West End. I'm in South Fulton now, haven't been in a minute. I wanna start buying my children's book so they can know themselves and their history. I also wanna them to see the Afrikan Hollocaust memorial if they still have it

Valerie P


I recently moved here from Houston, Texas and, I visited the Black Holocaust Exhibit a few years ago it was truly an education! The staff there were warm and welcoming! I look forward to the same type of experience here....

Cariol H


Very friendly staff and interesting and informative history of the slave trade

Gladstone N


Great place to browse and shop!! Fantastic depth of publications!! Love this place!!!

Pam T


Great customer service. Unique gifts, books, clothing and art.

Higher C


I went to the Shrine in order to celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa. I appreciated the display of African culture however, I was disappointed to hear obscenities towards other groups and people of African descent. The objective was to remember the concept of unity. Sadly, due to a speech from one brother, I was robbed of a great Umoja experience. For instance, the shaming of other religions, philosophical beliefs of certain men, and race was ridiculed. I'm somewhat appalled and wish the celebration was different.

Garnetta A


First time, learned a lot about the West end. Wanted to learn more about black businesses

Nelson M


If you want to know.about the real history then this is the place.

Retisha B


Full of African culture, knowledge, and deeply rooted...

Jerod S


Amazing atmosphere.



Great church that not only speaks about God but also speaks about communalism which is something the world is missing today!!

Virginia G


I love this place and in my opinion this is where I would prefer to get my books. The Shrine hosts tons of events that uplift the black community and brings us together. I have seen awesome lectures, performances and had some great food here, all made by folks that look like me!

If you are a reader and are looking for something nontraditional but educational at the same time, I suggest you stop at the Shrine and have a look around.

I would give anything to be wealthy enough to invest in the Shrine. I would proud to be stamp on making the world better, one book at a time.

Professional C


UPDATE: the Kwanzaa event does not represent this place as a whole. The book store is amazing and everyone is extremely welcoming! Also, on Sunday's I like to visit the church for salvation in the lord. Praise God to the owners of this amazing place because they try their best to uplift our community. I was somewhat put off by a couple of lectures at the Kwanzaa event, but that small incident does not represent this place. Above all, it was a communal atmosphere with plenty of vendors to choose from. Praise God for this place.

Zay J


Great place to learn of and about black history and the horrible ugliness of slavery and what it has does to Black culture and the Terrible scar it's left on black history. Anyone who visits Atlanta should make time to visit this place.

Dale J


One of the best unique places for Kemet knowledge and culture

Buddyfolks U


True community vibes happen here African History Class and so much more



Great educational center for the promotion of health and commerce to counter the onslaught of unhealthy food, lifestyles and deadly medical practice and to bolster the economy of the disenfranchised.

Nantambu A


Great place to acquire a variety of cultural enhancements​

venise w


Very informative on African history. Very welcoming . Free sat African history class at 1:30 should not be missed.

Sha'ul #


Great experience every time Ive came and learned more about myself each time.

Kwame L


This is truly a shining star, light and example of the cultural jewel Atlanta has to offer.

David F


Black culture is world history. Embrace it, Learn it, Love it.

Jessie M


The true history of a people, the Shrine Of The Black Madonna bookstore is the largest African/African American bookstore in America. Here you will find great historic work, by our Black Master Teachers. Check out the African history class, every Saturday at 1:30PM. The African history class is free to the public. The Shrine of The Black Madonna is a major instution in the West End. Our former Mayor, a so call black man were arrangeing regeniforication tours in the West End. Tours where anybody but black people suppose to come and take property from black people. Now, the West End area is supposed to be a keen area. Instead of someone taking an 80 year old black woman house, in the West End we work to help this 80 year old black woman keep her house. After 65 years of legal Jim Crow, of BLACK people living in the West End, I see that the city of Atlanta decided to put Vista along I-20, the exit leading into the West End. See my people, this is the first indication that you got predators and rats. This is your first indication that the local government has organized themselves to steal your real estate properties.Usually they attempt to enter areas they feel will give the less resistance. So this is always the black community or better yet the Native people. We know what happened to the Native people. The native were killed and the remainder were put on reservations. Back in the day, now the black man, our local government just come into his house and kill everybody in the house, this process is referred to as lunching. American is only doing what it knows best. See, as long as black and white people are live in this freaking southern state of Georgia, black people will never ever, never have a piece of mine. Everytime one group runs out of real estate properties, he goes and steal the black man real estate properties. This process will never end until one group ciest to exist. The Shrine of the Black MaDonna is concerned about their neighbors well fare.

Ifini S


The Shrine of the Black Madonna is an icon of spiritual & cultural significance and a very important community resource.

Jillian B


Great venue! I was a vendor for the Black Children's Book Festival and the event was very educational!

Gregory E


An important part of Atlanta's West End Community since 1975. Their book store and the Black Holocaust Museum located in the bookstore are particular points of interest.

victor f


It was amazing that I was able to step into the past and gain and learn a little of my history

Octavious H


Black love is strong this is the push the drive the love we need as a people and its encouraging just to know it exists

chandra c


I loved the exhibit! The only thing that I think needs improvement on is the book collection... It was very limited but the staff was very friendly and helpful

Jessie M


Shrine of the Black Madonna is the beginning of Spirituality. The beginning of what the world religious call religion today. This practice started in the Nile Valley, Old Kingdoms, before all other so called groups of people invaded Kemet, today we refer to Kemet as Egypt. The Shrine of the Black MaDonna is an Ancient Nile Valley concept of first man an first belief of Ra, Ises, and Heru. The concept of GOD, is the Nile Valley People, a concept that has been twisted and abused by godless people.

Lolita T


I attended service at this church this past Sunday and was impressed and uplifted. I wish I had been exposed to it years ago. The history is one I feel would have been good for me. Thank You my sister Minnie Greene for taking me there. I will go again when I return to Atlanta .

Brandon R


A hidden gem, a great place to bring individuals of all ages. Great cultural arts exhibit.

Dr. A


The cultural educational resources are great tools for shaping positive cultural images.

muhammad k


Love this store. Have been visiting for over 20 years. Great service and people

Aretha J


Enlightening conversation. Folks are very knowledgeable and willing to share.

terri b


Beautiful art, culturally relevant content, friendly service and reasonable prices.

Jade N


Went to see Umar Johnson Letcure.... So amazing.



The best church in Atlanta! Traditional Pan African Christain church. If you love your heritage, proud of your history as African, and are ready for a change, come to Sunday service. Starts at 11:15am. Plus African American History classes free to the public every Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 . See you there!!!

Ashley C


Very personable people. Welcoming atmosphere. Much to explore. Shall return

Karonna H


Amazing bookstore and African Holocaust museum. Phenomenal art work!

Kenneth Z


Great place for finding gifts, art and educational items.

Clive M


The shrine gives great information on black people and has a rich spiritual center and the best library of black books I have ever seen

Khomorai G


Located in the historic WestEnd the Shrine of the Black Madonna cultural center is a jewel of a place from scents, to sights and sounds they've got it... Along with excellent customer service and reasonable prices I'd recommended anyone shopping for anything cultural to give them the opportunity to meet your demand...



Hello my name is Dawud Putman and let me say this, every person of African decent needs to attend and support this church. It transcends the stereotype that churches are a place where you get fleeced for money and hear the same message over and over again. These brothers and sisters are serious about the liberation of African people abroad, they have one of the largest black owned farms in America and care about our struggle. Also they hold a African History class every Saturday at 1:30pm and let me say this, you wany be disappointed 😃. If you want knowledge of self and a complete understanding of our history at a college level, please attend this class. I went there for years and supported them, in return I gained a understanding of history that you wouldn't get at a college level. Obviously I have nothing but good things to say about this church and its members, its up to you now Black man and Black woman to attend and let the experience change your life like it changed mine Hotep (peace) ✌.

Guenevere R



Janice B


Luv visiting the center. They offer black history classes every Saturday from 1:30-3:30. It's extremely informative and educational. Live music. Come out as a family or group and I assure you that you will enjoy it.

roderick t


Great performances plus the food was well done.

Dian E


A beautiful, Black owned space that is excellent for conferences as well small gatherings. Also has a fantastic bookstore with all kinds of wonderful spiritual items! A must- visit in the West End!

Moms L


Its such a motherly environment. I enjoyed my time and recommend this space to all who look at this.

Gwendolyn R


Awesome place of African American culture, special events & family fun

yvonne a


We had a great time. Loved it

Win W


the owner is a nice lady who took time to assess my needs then pointed me in the right direction. She had what I needed and shared a wonderful story with me. I'll let her tell it bc I dont want to ruin it but yes, I recommend this book store

Rashem B


This place used to have books galore, now they have a sprinkle. But the exhibits are worth going for. I used to live in the West End of Atlanta. That was my go to spot for all the cultural communities in the Atlanta area. Now it's just two that are there...Shrine of the Black Madonna and the Hebrew Israelite Community of Ben Ammi. I miss those days between 1998 and 2005. Cities don't have cultural areas for people of African descent anymore.

James M


Very nice experience! Please take a moment to see for yourself.

Alicia A.



I visited The Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore and I loved it! The bookstore is very clean and everything is organized and neat. In one section of this and 4 more

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