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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Second Baptist Church Detroit

The Second Baptist Church on Monroe in Detroit's Greektown is just filled with history, 175 years of it! Thirteen black freedmen and women organized the church in 1836 making it the oldest black congregation in the state. It became a stop for the Underground Railroad, hiding over 5000 escaping slaves in the basement before sending them on to Canada. You can visit the hiding place today. Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche was baptized here in 1927. The painting of Christ overlooking Detroit is really moving!

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