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First Annual Scipio Smith Day

May 29, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Scipio Smith, first black business owner in the City of Lancaster, Ohio.

Join us for a celebration of the first annual Scipio Smith Day at the Allen Chapel, 221 E. Walnut Street.

The mayor of Lancaster has signed a proclamation stating that May 29 will be “Scipio Smith Day” in Lancaster, Ohio.

Scipio Smith was a former slave who was brought to Lancaster in 1810. He learned to be a tinsmith from Samuel Effinger and opened his own store in downtown Lancaster in 1827. He was the first black person to engage in business in the city.

Allen Chapel, founded as the A.M.E. Church by Scipio Smith, the first black business owner in the City of Lancaster, Ohio.

Allen Chapel, founded as the A.M.E. Church by Scipio Smith, the first black business owner in the City of Lancaster, Ohio.

He also founded the A.M.E. Church (now Allen Chapel) in Lancaster in 1825. During this time, black citizens were not allowed to attend white churches or schools. Scipio founded this institution to serve both of those functions.

Please help us honor this important historical figure by attending the first ever “Scipio Smith Day” on May 29th!

A representative of the City of Lancaster will read the mayor’s proclamation and unveil the new “Scipio Smith Street” signs that will be installed on Walnut Street from High Street to Mt. Pleasant Ave. There will also be speakers and music!

Why is May 29th proclaimed Scipio Smith Day?
May 29, 1821, is the day that Scipio Smith was emancipated and fully set free.

*This is a FREE event. No registration is necessary.

Details

Date:
May 29, 2023
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Organizer

Fairfield County Heritage Association
Phone
(740) 654-9923
Email
director@fairfieldheritage.org
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Venue

Allen Chapel
221 E. Walnut Street
Lancaster, OH 43130 United States
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