Fort Wayne's First African American Pioneer Families Speaker

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

March 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Location: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza

Phone: (260) 247-0789, (260) 804-7011

Email: aagsfw@gmail.com

Event Description

September 27, 2011 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM EDT

On Thursday 3/14 the FWAAGS- Fort Wayne African American Genealogy Society presents guest speaker- Roma Stewart- a descendant of one of the first African American families in Fort Wayne that helped found Fort Wayne's first Black church- Turner Chapel AME* in 1849.

The church was founded only 20 years after "Fort Wayne" was incorporated in 1829. Several articles throughout the years have been written about the church's rich history in our community, but little has been written or shared about the families who started the church and congregation.

Free people of color owning property & starting a church in 1849 is but one example of what genealogical research can uncover about Fort Wayne's history and people. Many other stories can be found thru the FWAAGS.

Roma Stewart is a member of the First Families of Allen County/Ft. Wayne Indiana and of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Please join the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne in welcoming and sharing an evening with one of our own Fort Wayne African American First Family members. Roma will share her research methods and discoveries in an effort to encourage and aid in your genealogy challenges. We will gather at: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday March 14, with the program and Q&A to follow. Society members are admitted free; admission for non-member is $7.

We encourage you to attend and get started on your genealogy cold case story. For questions about the AAGSFW please call (260) 247-0789, (260) 804-7011, email us at aagsfw@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook. Support the Allen County African History on March 14.

Frost Illustrated article: http://www.frostillustrated.net/2013/african-american-pioneer-families-of-allen-county/

*The African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of the desire of African Americans to be treated equally at worship.

Social justice and fairness remain a vital part of the AME mission today, both at the denominational level and at Turner Chapel AME Church, the first predominantly African-American church in Fort Wayne. www.blackchristiannews.com

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