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Property Name Union Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church Complex
Reference Number 14000617
State Delaware
County Sussex
Town Clarksville
Street Address Powell Farm Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 9/17/2014
Areas of Significance Education, Religion, Social History, Ethnic Heritage: Black
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Located in Baltimore Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware near the hamlet of Clarksville, the Union Wesley Methodist Church Complex contains a collection of historic resources and continuing traditions that is one of the most significant in the state of Delaware for understanding and documenting the African American religious traditions in the post Civil War Period. The connection between religion, education and community are well illustrated by this property in a combination that retains significance to community members to the present day. Included on this parcel are the Union Wesley United Methodist Church and cemetery, the Union Wesley Camp Meeting Ground, and Blackwater School, which survived by serving as the refectory for the camp meetings that take place annually on the property during the last week of July and first week of August.

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