Stewart Memorial Church

Tags: Beasley, Church

Address: 112 - 116 John Street North
Date Built: 1905  

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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