In the 8th District: Our African - American Church Communities in Southern Anne Arundel County

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Elinor Thompson, Feb 1, 2013 - 237 pages
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Thursday, October 27, 1864 .Bishop Levi Scott appointments, Bishop Scott briefly addressed the Conference as it follows. He stated that this was an interesting time in the history of Methodism among the colored people of the State of Maryland. For the first time, a regular Annual Conference for Colored Preachers had met, with a Bishop of The Methodist Episcopal Church to preside. The first secretary Benjamin Brown born on December 25, 1819 in Queen Anne?s County, Maryland had been elected. The first Presiding Elders were to be appointed; the first Preachers were sent to work in this old Commonwealth. He stated for the first time the Colored Preachers had exercised the functions of a conference. The conference had elected men to their orders and admitted Preachers on trial and had in their presence. The first Transferred Colored Preacher. They had at their first session provided for the purchase of a Journal and a Conference Trunk and for the publication of their Annual Minutes, and had, for the first time, as a conference, reported a Missionary Collection, and that collection came from ?The Ancient City of Annapolis, The Capitol of the State?. The beginning of the Washington Conference, it is true, it is small, but who can tell what by the blessing of God, it may become. Today it is asked, ?Why do we hold onto the past and not release it to embrace our future?? ?Will the generations to come care?? ?Will they even get a chance to know our past?? We praise and worship in the sanctuaries of our choice to a person, being, or Spirit that we have not seen, but have only felt within our heart, mind, body, and soul. We feel his ?Almighty presence? and we know that each and every one of us came from the body. Where did your ancestors come from? So, I will honor their descendants with historical documentation that has been hidden far too many years so that they will never be forgotten. So, when I become older and wiser, I can say, ?I did!? instead of saying, ?I wish!?

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The book is definitely full of much needed history regarding the black churches and slavery. Until now, I knew nothing about the true history of the black churches. I would suggest you get the book for our future generations to read. You cannot move forward if you know nothing about the past. Our ancestors truly struggled to get us where we are, through faith in God. Irma Howard Resident of Southern Maryland

The reader of In the 8th District Our African -American Church Communities in Southern Anne Arundel County will most definitely gain a fuller understanding of the importance of preservation of our shared histories as well as be able to find concrete information for making family genealogy connections using never before information. Tina Simmons Anne Arundel Genealogical Society Cemetery Inscription Chair Author: Anne Arundel County Cemetery Sites Grave Matters: Mount Calvary Cemetery Inscriptions Grave Matters: African-American and Slave Cemeteries of Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Mrs. Thompson’s work, as an active local historian, came to my attention a number of years ago through my contact with Wanda Hall of Lovely Lane Museum & Archives. Last August Mrs. Thompson lectured at the Reginald F. Museum from her book In the 8th District Our African – American Church Communities in Southern Anne Arundel County. What is so important about Thompson’s work is there are few people collecting such important material about the history of the African American church community and its shared religious history with the white church community. There are fewer people still…. Publishing in the field and actively lecturing. Today there is both a great need to educate the African American community of the importance of such records and to archive such materials. In her work, Mrs. Thompson strives To do all these things. Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager, Reginald F. Museum

The religious passion of Americans of African descent has existed unabated since the advent of their force migration of the Colonial United States. One might say that the more tortured situations, the more depicted Blacks were to document and save their heritage as a part of their new world. I support Mrs. Thompson’s mission and encourage all churches and religious associations to pursue maintenance and preservation of all of their records and those of their congregants. Family Bible, marriage records, church minutes, and cemetery records, among other series uniformly contain invaluable biographical history that should be treasured for generations of reunions to enjoy. I wish Elinor continued success in motivating and encouraging Maryland’s Black churches to make sure that their past, as well as their present, is appreciated and advanced. Chris Haley Director, Study, Legacy of Slavery in Maryland

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