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Guelph Black Heritage Society celebrates church acquisition

The Guelph Black Heritage Society will share its plans for the historic British Methodist Episcopal Church on Essex Street during two upcoming events this month.
The society, which formed out of a desire to preserve the historic black church, will celebrate its acquisition of the church on Feb. 15 with an event headlined by musician and CBC Radio host Andrew Craig.
The event, taking place at the church from 7 to 9 p.m., will also include BME Canada head Chester Searles speaking about the history of the British Methodist Episcopal Church, a news release said.
A second event at the church will take place Feb. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. to mark Black History Month.
The event will be a family open house with programming led by local artist Mosa McNeilly. It will include storytelling from 12:30 to 1 p.m., children’s drumming from 1 to 2 p.m., and adult drumming with JSun Cave of Oshungo Drum and Dance from 3 to 4 p.m.
Throughout the day, there will also be community quilt and make-your- own button activities, the release said.
Plans for the historic church building will also be shared with the public at both events, it said. For more information or to pledge support, email info@guelphblackheritage.ca.

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