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Heritage designation for Saskatchewan church built by black settlers who were escaping racist Jim Crow laws

1 month ago   |   By National Post

MAIDSTONE, Sask. - For a small group of American black families escaping racist Jim Crow laws a century ago, building a church in their new home in Saskatchewan was a priority.
Completed in 1912, Shiloh Baptist Church, about 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, provided a place of worship and communal space for the homesteaders who had arrived only two years before.
The little building is made from poplar logs on a foundation of field stones. The pews are just benches, many also hewn from logs.
“The first time I walked in there it's almost like I got hit in the gut with a fist. And I'm...
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