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African Episcopal Church Cemetery, Simcoe County , ON

Street Address: 1645 Line 3 North
Community: Edgar
Township: Oro Township (Concession 4, Lot 11)
Locality: Simcoe County
Municipality: Oro-Medonte
Province: ON
GPS: 44.502714,-79.636344

Church / Denomination: From historical plaques: Built in 1849, this church is the last vestige of one of the oldest African-Canadian settlements in Upper Canada. Here at Oro, former members of the Loyalist militia from the War of 1812 established the only Black community sponsored by the government. Free Blacks from the northern United States later joined them. Located in the heart of a stategic and vulnerable region, the community guarded against an American invasion via Georgian Bay. This church is a testament to the contributions of African-Canadians to the settlement and defence of Canada in the 19th century. Designated a National Historic Site on June 15, 2003.

Registered to Township of Oro-Medonte.

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