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Near Cassopolis in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery

 
 
Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
1. Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription. In the 1830s southern runaway slaves bound for freedom in Canada came into Michigan near Cassopolis. In 1840, Cass County's Quaker community, which provided a haven for the fugitives, became an integral part of the Underground Railroad. Many free African-Americans also settled permanently in Calvin Township. In 1838, Cass County's first African-American church was organized here. In 1853 the Michigan Antislavery Baptist Association, later renamed the Chain Lake Baptist Association, was formed. In 1856, Turner and Irena Byrd donated an acre of land for a cemetery. The monuments record the names of the township's early settlers including: George and Green Allen, and the Anderson, Ash, Artis, Calloway, Evans, Hawks, Sanders, Stewart and Wilson families.
 
Erected 1992 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1352.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 51.609′ N, 85° 53.309′ W. Marker is near Cassopolis, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is on Chain Lake Street 0.6 miles east of Carver Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16853 Chain Lake St, Cassopolis MI 49031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
2. Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery Marker
View to west along Chain Lake Street
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birch Lake Meeting House (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Underground Railroad (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Underground Railway (approx. 5.4 miles away); Captain Iven C. Kincheloe Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Poe's Corners (approx. 5.8 miles away); Schoolhouse Bell (approx. 5.8 miles away); District Schoolhouse (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lewis Cass (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cassopolis.
 
More about this marker. The site is Stop #4 on the Cass County Underground Railroad Sites auto tour.
 
Also see . . .  Underground Railroad Society of Cass County (URSCC). (Submitted on April 23, 2013.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
3. Chain Lake Missionary Baptist Church and Cemetery
The present church is in the modern building in the background
Chain Lake Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
4. Chain Lake Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 488 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 22, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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