DRESDEN, ON, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Yesterday, the Ontario Heritage Trust
and the First Regular Baptist Church unveiled a provincial plaque to
commemorate the First Regular Baptist Church, Dresden.
The plaque reads as follows:
First Regular Baptist Church, Dresden
The First Baptist Church of Dawn - established by former slaves and free
African Americans in the 1840s - held its meetings in private homes,
then in a log chapel at the British American Institute. In the 1850s, a
Baptist congregation met on Main Street in Dresden, until a lot was
purchased from parishioner George Johnson on the present site. A church
was built by the congregation and the inaugural service of the First
Regular Baptist Church was held on November 15, 1857. Reverends William
P. Newman and Samuel H. Davis, the church's "founding fathers," were
prominent abolitionists and former British American Institute
headmasters. Newman raised much of the funding, and Davis oversaw the
construction of the church, donating 100 cords of wood to pay for the
sawing of the lumber, which forms the original structure of the chapel
to this day. For generations, the church has been an integral part of
community life in Dresden. Today, it stands as a testament to the
faith, fortitude and determination of these early pioneers.
Yesterday's unveiling ceremony took place at First Regular Baptist
Church in Dresden, where the provincial plaque will be permanently
The Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled this provincial plaque as part of
its program to commemorate the International Year for People of African
Descent, made possible with funding from the Government of Ontario. The
Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. The Trust
is an agency of the Government of Ontario, dedicated to identifying,
preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.
Since 1956, over 1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.
23 provincial plaques across Ontario commemorate people, places and
events in Ontario's Black history.
For more information on the Provincial Plaque Program, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca.
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