On Sunday, August 20th Heritage Community Church will be honoured as a Heritage Site of Historical and Cultural Significance.
The event will include a presentation of the Town of Collingwood Heritage Designation plaque and unveiling of a sign sharing the history of the Church (pictured). Guest speaker Elise Harding-Davis, a Canadian Heritage Consultant and former curator of the Amherstburg Museum, will speak to the importance of the designation and building awareness of Canada’s Black history. Gael Miller-Jackson, gospel singer, will provide a musical selection, and remarks will be shared by members of the community and representatives from each level of government.
For 153 years, the Church has stood as a sanctuary to all members of the community, a place of safety, security and belonging and holds rich ties to the history of the Black community as a gathering place for worship, unity, strength and identity.
In 1870, the Church began as a community effort. From its early origins as ‘Little Chapel’ to its present-day form, Heritage Community Church carries the tradition of being a place of welcome, promoting inclusion and building awareness.
The designation ceremony will take place at Heritage Community Church, 310 Seventh Street, beginning at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.