The Beginning of Black Adventism in Canada
The following is a report from Joseph Bates and
E.L. Barr titled “Tent Meetings” in the Advent
Review and Sabbath Herald of September 4, 1855, pg. 36.
Our meetings in Berlin continued over two Sabbaths.
The weather was very favorable, so that both First-days quite a number came to
hear, and some appeared anxious to know the truth. At our first meeting a colored
preacher from Upper Canada attended, and added his testimony in favor of a closer
walk with God. He is lecturing in the State of Connecticut, to obtain means to
ameliorate the condition of our oppressed countrymen, escaped from that slave
power of our boasted land of freedom, who have found a refuge from their cruel
bondage in the British dominions. When about to leave he declared himself fully
settled in the belief of the Sabbath of the Lord our God, and said he should teach it. He was
supplied with a few such books as he desired, and said he should pass through
Rochester, N.Y., on his way to Canada, and call at the office for the Review. Thank the Lord, that he is
qualifying teachers who have influence with this class of our fellow men who
are now free, and have the privilege to keep the weekly Sabbath of the Bible
when they hear it taught.