CHAPTER 478

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 8

RELATING TO THE UNION AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

WHEREAS, the Union African Methodist Episcopal Church between 8th and 9th Streets and King and French Streets in Wilmington is an inspirational symbol for the black people of that community; and

WHEREAS, the ancient church is located in a redevelopment area which means it must be moved, stored or otherwise relocated; and

WHEREAS, it has proudly stood since 1813 as a manifestation of the freedom of all men to worship as they please; and

WHEREAS, its fate is deserving of special consideration by the citizens of the State of Delaware because of its great heritage and moving tradition; and

WHEREAS, thousands have worshipped in its sanctuary since it was first constructed under the leadership of Peter Spencer, who is also deserving of special recognition; and

WHEREAS, it has played a significant role in the annual celebration of big quarterly;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the 124th General Assembly the House concurring therein, that a special committee of five outstanding citizens be named by the Governor of Delaware to provide for preservation of the church, a fitting monument to be erected at the site and other considerations that might be necessary; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) be and is hereby appropriated to the committee for necessary expenses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the said committee submit its report to the Governor before the Big Quarterly of 1968 so that he may prepare recommendations to be made public on that day of celebration and then presented to the 125th General Assembly for action when it convenes next January.

Approved August 1, 1968.

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