1836 : Former Slaves Petition State Legislature for a Church

March 5, 2018 all-day

On March 5, 1836, thirteen escaped or freed slaves petition the legislature to start a church.

Their efforts lead to the formation of the Second Baptist Church – the first African American church in Detroit. Its members met in various halls and schools until 1857, when the group purchased the Zion Reformed Evangelical Church on the site of the present Second Baptist Church.

Source : Michigan is Amazing

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