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British Methodist Episcopal Church

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The society is planning an open house and public campaign launch in February, which is also Black History Month, it said.

Deal goes through for historic church

The Guelph Black Heritage Society is officially the proud new owner of the historic British Methodist Episcopal Church on Essex Street.
The organization was formed with the intention of acquiring the old stone church, which sits nestled among houses in a residential neighbourhood that was once home to Guelph’s black community. On Dec. 18, the society announced that its purchase of the church had been finalized.
“We could not have undertaken this endeavor without the many committed and conscientious individuals and organizations in our community who played big and small roles in this acquisition,” said a news release from the society.
In February of this year, the society announced that an anonymous community member had stepped forward to help finance the purchase, but the organization was continuing to fundraise to pay him back, as well as with a mind toward restoration of the heritage building.
The society’s mission is “to restore and maintain the historical British Methodist Episcopal church building as a community cultural and spiritual gathering space and promote Guelph and Wellington County’s distinctive place in southwestern Ontario’s rich Black heritage,” the release said.
The society is planning an open house and public campaign launch in February, which is also Black History Month, it said.
More information about the society and the church is available at guelphblackheritage.ca. For information or to donate, email info@guelphblackheritage.ca

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