The Shrine Cultural Center and Bookstore is a separate component of the church located next door to our sanctuary building. The Shrine of the Black Madonna is a Christian church rooted in Black Liberation Theology. The Cultural Center has always been known for its solid selection of books dealing with the Pan-African experience. In addition, we offer a good selection of African ceremonial masks, instruments, clothes and wood sculptures. Also, connected to the bookstore is an African Holocaust Museum (currently closed for inventory) and the Karamou Gallery (currently closed until further notice), used for community events, book signings and lectures.
ATTENTION: Beginning January 14th, 2022, the bookstore will be temporarily closed until further notice. We will keep you informed when we resume our regular hours as listed below. In the meantime, please shop with us online at: www.shrinebookstore.com
1:00 pm – 07:00 pm
1:00 pm – 07:00 pm
946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: (404) 549-8676
Bookstore Advisory Committee
|Sis. Germaine “Aminika” Covington||Chair & Administrator|
|Vacant||Merchandise Manager; Book Orders; Book Review|
|Mother Migozo Chiles||Staff Manager|
|Sis. Haqikah McClendon||Finances, Bills, Taxes|
|Mother Rehema Beasley||Staff and Advisor|
|Elder Ifetayo Bennett||Staff and Advisor|
|Sis. Kandia Reynolds||Staff and Advisor|
|Mw. Olatunji Lumumba||Media & Advertising|
Cultural Center History
Since 1970, the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center has been a beacon of enlightenment and a pioneering purveyor of African heritage and African-American thought, culture and history. Established during a time when there were almost no venues dedicated solely to showcasing black artists and intellectuals, the Shrine Cultural Center grew to become the largest black-owned bookstore chain in America.
In 1993 the Shrine Cultural Center opened the African Holocaust Museum – a museum chronicling the African Slave Trade and its lingering effects. The museum exhibits artifacts from slavery and documents gathered from across the country that brings the reality of slavery alive with stark realism. A feature of the museum was the annual African Holocaust Conference that brings together leading authors and intellectuals to showcase their work, providing new insight to the general public.