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African Episcopal

Location #2420
City: Oro-Medonte
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Status: Repurposed
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Created By:timo explorer
Creation Date: 2/19/2011
Last Updated: 8/6/2014
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Text is taken from plaque on the site, by the National Historic Sites Board.

"Built in 1849, this church is the last vestige of one of the oldest African-Canadian settlements in Upper Canada. Here at Oro, former members of the Loyalist militia from the War of 1812 established the only Black community sponsored by the government. Free Blacks from the northern United States later joined them. Located in the heart of a strategic and vulnerable region, the community guarded against an American invasion via Georgian Bay. This church is a testament to the contribution of African Canadians to the settlement and defence of Canada in the 19th century."

National Historic Site, is open to visitors during the weekends of the summer months.

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sir_hammer 10/1/2012 2:44:09 AM

We stumbled upon this last summer by accident. I was a great reminder of a proud part of local history and the local role played in the "Underground Railroad".

syd71 2/24/2011 9:57:48 AM

Hi, located in Oro-Medonte, titled Shanty Bay-Underground

timo explorer
timo explorer 2/20/2011 11:31:20 PM

I may be mistaken, but I can't find anywhere that this location has been previously posted. My apologies if it has, still a great place.

syd71 2/20/2011 11:08:38 AM

Already posted....still love it though

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