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London's Fugitive Slave Chapel
by George McNeish
The Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project in conjunction with the London Public Library screened an international award-winning feature film.
To celebrate the abolition of slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834 we screened the 2014 international award-winning feature film based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, an educated and accomplished free black man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery for twelve years.
A chance to discuss the movie followed. This was a free drop in event at the
The Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project held their
A BBQ to help raise funds for the project started at 12 noon the same day.
Seven Politicians spoke at our sod turning event. We received greetings from the Mayor, Joe Fontana, MP for London / Fanshawe, Irene Mathyssen, City councillors, Matt Brown, Harold Usher, Judy Bryant, Sandy White, and a future councillor, Tanya Park. All were 100% behind our project and spoke many kind words of encouragement in our efforts to save the Fugitive Slave Chapel.
Excavation for the site will be beginning soon and this event marked the beginning of the construction phase of our project. A full basement will be constructed before the Fugitive Slave Chapel is moved on to the site.
To raise money for the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project there was a rehearsed reading / singing of
A London Advertiser article printed in May of 1926 reported that the famous abolitionist, John Brown, had spoken in the Fugitive Slave Chapel in 1858.
It is therefore very appropriate that London's own local Playwrights, Jason Rip and Chris Bancroft, chose to present the very first performance of part one of this play as a fund-raiser to help preserve the historic chapel.
This first performance was like an actual production of the play with the exception that the actors read their scripts. The very talented and well known Steven Holowitz headed up the band that accompanied the actor/singers in this musical production.
This event took place Friday May 2nd, 2014 at St. James - Westminster Anglican Church, 115 Askin Street, London Ontario.
To raise money for the Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project the Karen Schuessler Singers presented
In song and spoken word, the poignant story of how slaves from the American South escaped and came north via the Underground Railroad to find freedom in London, Canada. With London's own Denise Pelley, narrators Bryan and Shannon Prince, Stephen Holowitz, piano, and band.
The Fugitive Slave Chapel was a destination of the Underground Rail Road and you may even hear the words of a former pastor of the Church. At FSCPP we are very excited about this concert. We came close to selling out. Many people became aware of our project and we earned $4,646.07 from this fundraiser. Tickets were $20. ($15 for seniors 65+ students and children 6-12)
The venue was the Wesley-Knox United Church at 91 Askin Street, London, Ontario.
KS Singers web site.
FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR:
Underground Railroad Songs and Stories
Friday June 14th, 8pm,
Admission - $20 / $15 for Students & Seniors
FRANKLIN DAVIS your Emcee
JASON RIP the Producer.
Quilt Raffle Tickets are only $2.00 each and only 2500 tickets will be printed.
All proceeds go to the Fugitive slave Chapel Preservation Project!
This beautiful Quilt measures 100cm by 115 cm. (That's 39.4 inches by 45.3 inches for the older generation)
It is valued at about $1,000.00.
Yours for only $2.00 if you buy the winning ticket, but why not increase your chances and buy more tickets.
Tickets will be available at The London International Quilt Festival.
If you would like a ticket but are not planning to attend the festival, send an email to email@example.com
Details of the festival are as follows.
Workshops with African Quilt Artists
African Vendors in the Merchants Mall
Approx. 200 Fibre Art /Quilts on display
Gala Dinner with entertainment
Wed., Thur. & Sat. : 10am - 5pm
Friday : 10am - 9pm
To sign-up for classes, buy advance tickets or for more information : www.londoninternationalquiltfestival.com.
Advance tickets- $8.00
At the door - $9.00
Lecture - $4.00
all taxes are included
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