The Mother Church

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

About Us

Non-Profit Organization:

The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is a 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service recognized corporation legally formed in 2015.


Mission Statement:

To protect and preserve the history of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and to keep alive the memory of the African-Americans and their descendants who survived slavery. It is the Organization’s goal to raise the necessary funds to construct a museum that will preserve this portion of history and educate our children and community for years to come.  


Board Members:

Board Chair:  Calvin Vinson
Secretary: Stacey Metcalf   
Treasurer: Willene Ingram  

The Mother Church
&
The Underground Railroad
The 1849 church was the religious and social focal point for the black community and became the "Mother Church" for approximately eight Baptist churches that exist in Ohio and West Virginia.
 

 



 
The Mother Church was a stop-off point of the Underground Railroad,  a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the US in efforts to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term, “Underground Railroad” is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided these “fugitives.” This network of secret routes and safe houses existed from the late 17th century until shortly after the American Revolution. However, the network - now generally known as the Underground Railroad - was formed in the early 19th century, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. 

The church congregation was involved in assisting other slaves during the Underground Railroad. Its location is also within a few miles from the Burlington 37 Cemetery and the first county seat along with the historical Burlington Jail.
 
It is estimated that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the "Railroad.”