Western Appeal, June 20, 1885

Western Appeal, June 20, 1885

COLORED PEOPLE BUILDING A CHURCH.

VICKSBURG, MISS., June 7. The ceremonies of the laying of the corner stone of St. Mary’s Episcopal Chapel for colored people occurred in this city this evening, the Stringer Lodges, A. F. and A. M., Thomas W. Stringer, Master, Officiating. The music for the occasion was furnished by the choir of St. Mary’s Chapel and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and was exceptionally fine. After the Masonic rites an oration by the Rev. Mr. Thomas, colored, was delivered. It was entirely worthy the time and place. Then followed a collection in behalf of the chapel, when an appropriate hymn from the choir closed the services. The throng was immense, the new building being densely packed. All the participants in the ceremonies were colored except the Rev. Mr. Ayers, of Baltimore, Rector in charge. This church is the only Episcopal church for colored people in the State and is the result of the indefatigable labor of the Rev. Hugh Miller Thompson, Assistant Bishop of Mississippi, who has received the earnest support of the venerable Bishop Green, of this State.

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