Sandwich First Baptist Church - Windsor, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra
N 42° 17.510 W 083° 04.802
17T E 328522 N 4684273
Quick Description: The First Baptist Church is located at 3652 Peter Street
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/15/2012 5:46:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMEWX6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The First Baptist Church in Sandwich, Ontario has been recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada for being one of the oldest black Baptist churches surviving from the Underground Railroad movement in Canada.

In the early 19 th-century, Sandwich was a popular destination for refugees fleeing across the Detroit River. Here and at nearby Amherstburg, the growing black community maintained its connections with friends and family in the United States. Along with the First Baptist Church in Detroit, they established the Amherstburg Regular Missionary Baptist Association. This organization fought against slavery and assisted the formation of refugee congregations in Canada. The Sandwich First Baptist congregation was established in 1840. By 1851, the community was able to raise this fine brick chapel which continues to serve its community to this day.

From the plaque erected on the site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada:

Erected in 1851 on land donated by the Crown, the Sandwich First Baptist Church represents the once numerous Black border-town churches which were built to serve the rapidly increasing numbers of Underground Railroad settlers. This church received, sheltered, and assisted many of these new arrivals. All members were required to aid in its construction by giving donations or making bricks. A focal point for many local anti-slavery activities, the Sandwich First Baptist Church stands as an important symbol of that struggle.
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3652 Peter Street
Windsor, Ontario Canada
N9C 1J7

Web site: [Web Link]

Site Details: Currently offers Sunday Worship 11am

Open to the public?: Public

Name of organization who placed the marker: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

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