Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery

Registered Site L1352

Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery

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.
photo of Chain Lake Baptist Church and Cemetery

Erected 1992

Location: Chain Lake Rd near Calvin Ctr
Calvin Township, Cass County

Baptist Churches
Black History

Latitude: 41.8595573, Longitude: -85.8845043

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