London, Ontario’s 166-year-old fugitive slave chapel has made its way home, in much the same way the first black families found refuge prior to the end of the U.S. Civil War: With perseverance amid tribulation, and hope for a greater glory.
The chapel was moved from Thames St. to a lot beside its daughter church, Beth Emanuel British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church on Grey St, a slow-crawling 140 minutes through London’s downtown traffic.
The Slave Chapel was built in 1848 on Thames St., and became home to the African Methodist Episcopal congregation. It soon became London’s centre for fugitive slaves from the U.S.
You can read more about the Slave Chapel’s history and its recent move through the city in an article by Debora Van Brenk in The London Free Press at http://goo.gl/uc4rDx. A video of the move is also available at the same web address.
My thanks to newsletter reader Dennis Mulligan for telling me about this story.