Breaking the Silence: Remembering Brown’s Chapel AME

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Sunday, October 23
First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, MN
2 pm

Presentation by James Curry, instructor of Communication Studies, Film & New Media at Augsburg

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Join us for a public event to honor the stories of the early Black community that lived, worked, raised their families, fought for the right to vote, and worshipped in Hastings, Minnesota. In 1890 they formed an African Methodist Episcopal congregation in Hastings, and in 1892 began worshiping in their own church, Brown’s Chapel. In 1907, Brown’s Chapel was destroyed by arson. There is no record of the crime being investigated, and the culprit(s) were never officially identified or charged. The church never reopened.

James Curry is a Hastings historic community descendent and chair of ‘Building Remembrance for Reconciliation’ (BT4R), a non-profit organization in Hastings dedicated to using history & the arts to remember, reconcile, and heal.