South Ward Meetinghouse


The towering meetinghouse, completed in 1866, replaced a parish meetinghouse that had been on the site since 1731. A stop on the Black Heritage Trail, the building hosted the city's first celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, on January 1,1882, and also served as the state's first black church.

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