Creating a Unified Community of StrengthMethodist churches were a source and inspiration for the budding African-American community as people movedwestward along the Baltimore and Frederick-Town Turnpike, part of the National Road system. Both enslaved and free African-Americans worshipped, atfirst, in white churches in the early 1800s. Forced into balconies away from the white congregations, they ultimately sought to create a unifying community of strength by building their own churches. Simpson Poplar Springs, the "Mother Church," as it was called, served a widespread community. The church was developed on a farm donated to black sharecroppers in 1893. The one room church served a dozen or so parishioners, most of whom lived in Shaffersville, asmall black neighborhood now part of nearby Mt. Airy.
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|Series||This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series|
|Placed By||America's Byways|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 11:33am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 318873 N 4356432|
|Decimal Degrees||39.33836667, -77.10168333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 20.302', W 77° 6.101'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 20' 18.12" N, 77° 6' 6.06" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||301, 443, 410, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 16901 Hardy Rd, Mt Airy MD 21771, US|
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