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Heart of the Rural African American Community: Historic African American Churches of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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Away from centers of urbanization, the rural African American church was the heart of the community – socially, economically and spiritually.
The national theme of the historic African American church is exemplified in the more than one hundred such churches in the quiet landscapes of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This region, home to Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman, is special for its surviving legacy of African American churches. These historic structures are facing forces of diminishment on the visible layer of physical abandonment, deterioration and loss, and also on the invisible layer of changing social and cultural values, and the research presented by the authors provides a timely record of this architectural imprint on the landscape. The presentation chronicles the history of these churches as a group, with more detailed history and architectural documentation of several specific structures. The social history of the different denominations of African American churches is presented, followed by illustration and discussion of the architecture and architectural typologies of the structures, from the perspective of two historic preservation architects. The majority of the churches presented are nineteenth century, ranging from early examples, like Union Bethel A. M.E. in Denton, Maryland, c.1868-70, and Mt. Zoar A.M.E. in Cecil County, c. 1870, to the Mt. Calvary M.E. Church in Fruitland from 1920. In closing, the historic preservation issues that face the church communities, including handicapped access, energy use, materials and structure, in the context of social and cultural change.
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Connell, Ruth. and Green, Dale. "Heart of the Rural African American Community: Historic African American Churches of Maryland’s Eastern Shore" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435904_index.html>

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Connell, R. and Green, D. G. , 2010-09-29 "Heart of the Rural African American Community: Historic African American Churches of Maryland’s Eastern Shore" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435904_index.html

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Abstract: Away from centers of urbanization, the rural African American church was the heart of the community – socially, economically and spiritually.
The national theme of the historic African American church is exemplified in the more than one hundred such churches in the quiet landscapes of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This region, home to Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman, is special for its surviving legacy of African American churches. These historic structures are facing forces of diminishment on the visible layer of physical abandonment, deterioration and loss, and also on the invisible layer of changing social and cultural values, and the research presented by the authors provides a timely record of this architectural imprint on the landscape. The presentation chronicles the history of these churches as a group, with more detailed history and architectural documentation of several specific structures. The social history of the different denominations of African American churches is presented, followed by illustration and discussion of the architecture and architectural typologies of the structures, from the perspective of two historic preservation architects. The majority of the churches presented are nineteenth century, ranging from early examples, like Union Bethel A. M.E. in Denton, Maryland, c.1868-70, and Mt. Zoar A.M.E. in Cecil County, c. 1870, to the Mt. Calvary M.E. Church in Fruitland from 1920. In closing, the historic preservation issues that face the church communities, including handicapped access, energy use, materials and structure, in the context of social and cultural change.


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