Nat “King” Cole and Maria Cole dance at their wedding reception 65 years ago today, March 28, 1948, which happened to be Easter Sunday. The Coles were married at Harlem’s famous Abyssinian Baptist Church by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the legendary Harlem congressman.
On Easter Sunday 1948, recently divorced jazz pianist, crooner, and legend in the making, Nat “King” Cole married singer Maria Hawkins Ellington. The Coles were married in Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.