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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

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img st peters churchMany prominent local families, both African American and European American, were associated with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Peter A. Porter and Elizabeth Porter, both associated with the Underground Railroad, belonged to this church, as did Parkhurst and Celinda Whitney, Solon and Frances Whitney, and Dexter and Angeline Whitney Jerauld. Several African Americans were also affiliated with this church, including Samuel Edwards and Charles Kersey Jackson. In 1864, St. Peter’s conducted a burial service in Oakwood Cemetery for Samuel Edwards, “a colored man” and hotel waiter who died of consumption on September 12, 1864, at the age of thirty-three. When abolitionist Elizabeth Porter died in 1876, she was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, with a service in St. Peter’s Church.

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