This Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3 pm, the Ontario Heritage Trust will hold an event commemorating the First Regular Baptist Church in Dresden.
The historical significance of this church lies in its connection to the Underground Railroad. Rev. William P. Newman and Rev. Samuel H. Davis, who became the church’s first two pastors, had been Stationmasters of the Underground Railway before moving to Dresden and played important roles in building the church. Others involved in the construction of the church included refugees from American slavery who escaped through the Underground Railway.
Today, the church stands as a reminder of the dedication and strength of those who escaped from slavery and went on to build a new life in Ontario, and this new provincial plaque will share their story with all who visit.
This event is part of the Ontario Heritage Trust’s program to commemorate the International Year for People of African Descent, made possible with funding from the Government of Ontario.
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Baptist Archives