Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Harriet Tubman’s Canadian church seeks help for repairs

By Adelle M. Banks
The church Harriet Tubman attended when she lived in St. Catharines, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church
NIAGARA FALLS---A century and a half ago, a new Canadian church gave fleeing slaves a place to worship. Now the sanctuary that welcomed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and other escapees needs help itself. The dwindling membership of Salem Chapel, a British Methodist Episcopal church just north of Niagara Falls, has started a crowdsourcing campaign in hopes of raising $100,000 — the equivalent of $77,486 in U.S. currency. The congregation wants to shore up the building, which is in an area where heavy traffic has contributed to its shifting foundation. [More]
Harriet Tubman portrait. Photo courtesy of Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons