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Mid-Michigan church receives historical plaque

Posted at 8:06 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 09:31:19-04

JACKSON, Mich. (WSYM) - A historic church in Jackson unveiled its new National Registry of Historic Places Plaque.

Local leaders, clergy, churches, and the community gathered Sunday as the plaque was unveiled at First Congregational Church UCC at 120 North Jackson Street.

The building was built 1859-1860 prior to the American Civil War.

The church was the sending off spot of the local forces, "Jackson Blair Cadets" and the Jackson County Rifles, to fight in the war.

"The founders of this church were anti-slavery and they wanted to stop slavery in our nation,” said Kerry Taylor-Snyder, reverend of the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Jackson. “It was a process of founding members being involved in the Underground Railroad to make that possible for people to come and to find freedom."

The church was placed on the registry in July 2017.