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Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Historic Markers
N 41° 51.573 W 085° 53.070
16T E 592586 N 4634784
Quick Description: Church located away from everything.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 9/29/2014 5:56:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMMJTQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
In the 1830s southern runaway slaves bound for freedom in Canada came into Michigan near Cassopolis. In 1840, Cass County's Quaker community, which provided a haven for the fugitives, became an integral part of the Underground Railroad. Many free African-Americans also settled permanently in Calvin Township. In 1838, Cass County's first African-American church was organized here. In 1853 the Michigan Antislavery Baptist Association, later renamed the Chain Lake Baptist Association, was formed. In 1856, Turner and Irena Byrd donated an acre of land for a cemetery. The monuments record the names of the township's early settlers, including George and Green Allen, and the Anderson, Ash, Artis, Calloway, Evans, Hawks, Sanders, Stewart and Wilson families.
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Registered Site #: L1352

Historical Date: Not listed

Historical Name: Not listed

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website: Not listed

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