On November 15, 1866, Pilgrim Baptist Church was formally organized. The African American congregation, granted mission status by the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, met in various residences for a number of years before constructing a church at Thirteenth and Cedar Streets in St. Paul. Robert Hickman would be ordained eleven years later and would become the congregation’s official pastor. The history of Pilgrim Baptist Church (Pilgrim) is rich and intertwined into the historical happenings of the State of Minnesota. For all of its contributions, Pilgrim has been designated a Historical Site. The following excerpts provide a glimpse into the story of Pilgrim.