Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Worship and Learning
In 1868, the chapel also housed the "American Union" school with help from the United States Freedmen's Bureau. Twelve of the students had been enslaved only four years earlier.
Tolson's Chapel survives as a tangible reminder of what the Civil War would ultimately mean to the millions of Americans enslaved on the eve of the war...freedom!
1862 - Battle of Antietam fought here September 17. President Lincoln issued the "Emancipation Proclamation," Freeing slaves in the states in rebellion.
1864 - In October, Maryland abolished slavery in its "Declaration of Rights," bringing freedom to 90,000 people.
1866 - Black citizens erected the chapel. The Sharpsburg Colored M.E. Church was later renamed for John L. Tolson, its first minister.
1868 - On April 6, a school for African American students opened here and operated for 31 years. Families paid tuition, and adults attended night school.
1998 - Tolson's Chapel closed its doors. The congregation's last member, Virginia Cook (pictured) had passed away in 1996.
Location. 39° 27.371′ N, 77° 44.782′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on High Street 0.1 miles east of Mechanic Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Edward Braddock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sharpsburg Bluebirds (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Slave Block (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grove House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lutheran Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reformed Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); 9th New York Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 11, 2017, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 11, 2017, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.