April 25, 2012

Old Starr Methodist Church, Starr, MD

Also once known as the Richard Asbury Methodist Church. Originally, a predominantly white congregation, I believe the current congregation is mostly, if not all, African American.

One of only two remaining churches in Queen Anne's County, MD to have a separate entrance for slaves. This side entrance went directly to the stairs that led up to the slave gallery.

At first I thought that the stairs to the slaves entrance was no longer standing (see attached photos: the side entrance is a good 3-4 feet off the ground), but I have since read accounts that the practice was for the enslaved folks to transition directly from the carriage to the entrance.

I am utterly fascinated that these bits of history still remain on our landscape.