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Culture

Religion

Churches were an important part of African-Canadian communities. Church was more than just a place for worship, it was a community meeting place. Often African Canadians were not welcomed into churches that served other Canadians. African Canadians started their own churches and had their own ministers. Black churchgoers broke away from the Methodist Church in 1784 to form the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1854, many Black Baptists in Nova Scotia left the Baptist church and formed their own association, the African United Baptist Association. In the early days, there were many different Black churches, including the African Baptist Church, African Methodist Episcopal and British Methodist Episcopal churches.

   
Rev. Richard Sorrick, former slave and Methodist pastor at Oro, Canada West, in the late 1840s, with his family   Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1832, owned and controlled by Blacks   Members of an African Methodist Episcopal church group in the 1890s

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