Amherstburg First Baptist Church: Update

Amherstburg First Baptist Church

This is the church that my ancestor Anthony Binga Sr. established in Canada shortly after escaping slavery in 1836.  Below is a link to an article written in 1974 that details its history and mission.

A Beginning in Slavery…

On a cold day in January, a century ago, a group of 38 escaped slaves crossed the Detroit River to the shore of Essex County…READ MORE

Check out my posts related to Anthony Binga Sr. and Jr. here.

Update:  Check out a Windsor Star article about the designation of the Amherstburg First Baptist Church as a historic site here.

Article Source | The Windsor Star
Author | Keith Rolland
Photo Credit | Anne

NOTE:  Thanks to Abiola Afolabi, First Lady of the Amherstburg First Baptist Church for providing this photo of the church building.

Update: Amherstburg First Baptist Church Designated Parks Canada Historic Site.

On October 14, 2017, I attended the commemoration of the significance of Amherstburg First Baptist Church held by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada. My cousin Dr. Barbara Hughes-Smith was a presenter and helped Pastor Afolabi uncover the plaque. The photos below are of the historic designation ceremony at Amherstburg First Baptist Church.



About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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6 Responses to Amherstburg First Baptist Church: Update

  1. chocolate says:

    Nice! I love history…do you know if the church is still standing?
    A shame the blacks there had to build their own church because other non-white members did not want them in their own church.
    Are you finding a lot of information on your ancestor or what?

    • C. Rae White says:

      Hey Choclate! Thanks for stopping by! You know, I’m so amazed at the information I’ve found on the Internet about my Binga (and other) ancestors. You never know what you’ll find in on Google news and in Google books.

      Anyway, this church is still operational and stands on George Street in Amherstburg. It’s around the corner from the other historic Black church we visited this past summer for the Ribs and Ragtime event.

      BTW: Your’re so right, it’s a shame that Blacks couldn’t worship alongside Whites. You know, the reason the Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC/Harlem was built is because an African group came to NYC and went to a White church to worship and was turned away.

      • abi says:

        I attend the Amherstburg First Baptist Church, my husband is the pastor. I would love to chat with you a bit and give you some exciting news and update on how God continues to bless the work your ancestor A. Binga Sr. started. We are working to rebuild our website and hope to keep in touch with you to let you know when it is up.

        God bless you.

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  3. C. Rae White says:

    @Abi | Thanks sooo much for providing a photo of the Amherstburg First Baptist Church. I look forward to speaking with you soon about the Parks of Canada, historic designation of the church and plaquing for Anthony Binga Sr.

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