Stewart Memorial Church
In 1835, Stewart Memorial Church was founded in a log cabin on Rebecca Street as St. Paul's Church, and became a social and religious centre for former American slaves who had escaped to Canada on the "Underground Railway".
In 1848, a frame building was erected at 112 John St North to house a new church, which was renamed the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1905 the wooden church was rebuilt in brick in the Gothic-Revival style, and renamed Stewart Memorial in honour of a previous pastor.
Stewart Memorial today boasts the longest surviving predominately black congregation in Hamilton.
Written by: Bill Manson
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