St Mary’s Parish Anglican Church Tombs Graves Watford Hertfordshire Heritage

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St Mary’s Church is Grade I listed and is the oldest building in the Borough of Watford in the Church Street, Watford, WD18 0EG

It is an ancient and architecturally interesting building, some parts of it dating back to around 1230, with several extensions built and refurbishments completed since then. Today there is also an adjoining Church Centre, constructed in the late 1970s, which provides accommodation for some of our church activities.

Watford Borough Council was awarded a grant of £80,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a project to help restore a number of chest tombs in St Mary’s Churchyard.

The tombs that have been restored date from between 1725, the Isaac Finch Tomb and 1867 when John Dyson was buried in the Dyson Tomb.

This grave is of national significance, and represents a notable aspect of the social history of the town. The headstone marks the grave of a black man who was born in Gambia in West Africa. He was sold into slavery in Virginia, USA before starting work as a servant to the Earls of Essex on the Cassiobury Estate, for whom he worked for 44 years.

He was buried in the St Mary’s Church Graveyard in 1809 and we know from the parish registers that he had also been christened at St Mary’s Church 35 years earlier, in 1774.

St Mary’s, Church Street, Watford, WD18 0EG Hertfordshire,
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01923 225189

Haunted Places in Alaska

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From Anchorage to Juneau, Fairbanks to Wasilla, Sitka to Ketchikan, The Last Frontier has facinating history and terrifying hauntings hiding behind every turn. Which is why The Speakeasy presents our picks for the most haunted places in Alaska. Enjoy!


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Flag Raising Frenchville Heritage Park

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A US Flag, that flew over the Capital Building in Washington DC, was obtained from Senator Susan Collins and given to the Frenchville Heritage Park in Frenchville, Maine. The Flag raising was the first flag to fly over the new community park.

SSM Heritage Tour: Stop 2 – St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis

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The second stop on our tour is St. Mary of Victories Church in downtown St. Louis. From their convent on the church grounds, the religious order known today as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary began a healing ministry that would become SSM Health Care. Learn the origin of the basket and the bell – two symbols at the heart of our healing ministry.

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Samoans Find Church Home in Alaska (UMTV)

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The cold weather of Alaska could not be more different than tropical Samoa. Yet more and more Pacific Islanders are making the move 3,000 miles to Anchorage. Transplants miss the language, family, and traditions of home. The United Methodist Church is a familiar comfort of home and a place where these newcomers can find a sense of instant family. “These church members are your family. Those are your brothers and sisters, grandchildren and children. Wherever they go, we go,” says church member, Faaua Fulumua.

UMTV videos feature United Methodists living their faith and making a positive difference in the world. This channel is managed by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN. Contact [email protected] for more info.

Bill Cosby on College, Student Loans, Education, African American Culture, Business, Films (1996)

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In May 2004, after receiving an award at the celebration of the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling—a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that outlawed school racial segregation in schools—Cosby made public remarks critical of African Americans who put higher priorities on sports, fashion, and “acting hard” than on education, self-respect, and self-improvement, pleading for African-American families to educate their children on the many different aspects of American culture. More Bill Cosby:

In the “Pound Cake” speech, Cosby, who holds a doctorate in education, asked that African-American parents teach their children better morals at a younger age. Cosby told the Washington Times, “Parenting needs to come to the forefront. If you need help and you don’t know how to parent, we want to be able to reach out and touch” (DeBose, Brian). Richard Leiby of The Washington Post reported, “Bill Cosby was anything but politically correct in his remarks Monday night at a Constitution Hall bash commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.”

Cosby again came under sharp criticism and was again largely unapologetic for his stance when he made similar remarks during a speech in a July 1 meeting commemorating the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. During that speech, he admonished apathetic blacks for not assisting or concerning themselves with the individuals who are involved with crime or have counter-productive aspirations. He further described those who needed attention as blacks who “had forgotten the sacrifices of those in the Civil Rights Movement.” The speech was featured in the documentary 500 Years Later, which set the speech to cartoon visuals.

In 2005, Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson wrote a book entitled Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? In the book, Dyson wrote that Cosby was overlooking larger social factors that reinforce poverty and associated crime; factors such as deteriorating schools, stagnating wages, dramatic shifts in the economy, offshoring and downsizing, chronic underemployment, and job and capital flight. Dyson suggested Cosby’s comments “betray classist, elitist viewpoints rooted in generational warfare.”

Cornel West defended Cosby and his remarks, saying, “he’s speaking out of great compassion and trying to get folk to get on the right track, ’cause we’ve got some brothers and sisters who are not doing the right things, just like in times in our own lives, we don’t do the right thing… He is trying to speak honestly and freely and lovingly, and I think that’s a very positive thing.”

In a 2008 interview, Cosby mentioned Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Oakland, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Springfield, Massachusetts, among the cities where crime was high and young African-American men were being murdered and jailed in disproportionate numbers. Cosby stood his ground against criticism and affirmed that African-American parents were continuing to fail to inculcate proper standards of moral behavior. Cosby still lectures to black communities (usually at churches) about his frustrations with certain problems prevalent in underprivileged urban communities, such as in illegal drugs; teenage pregnancy; Black Entertainment Television; high-school dropouts; anti-intellectualism; gangsta rap; vulgarity; thievery; offensive clothing; vanity; parental alienation; single-parenting; and failing to live up to the ideals of Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., and African-Americans who preceded Generation X.

Cosby has also been openly critical of conservative Republican politicians in regards to their views on socioeconomic and racial issues. In a 2013 CNN interview regarding voting rights, Cosby stated “this Republican Party is not the Republican Party of 1863, of Abraham Lincoln, abolitionists and slavery, is not good. I think it’s important for us to look at the underlying part of it. What is the value of it? Is it that some people are angry because my people no longer want to work for free?”

St. Catherines Church April , 22nd 1945 Milwaukee WI Home Movie 1st Communion

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This was filmed by my grandfather at St. Catherines Church April 22nd, 1945 in Milwaukee WI. This is my mother, Donna’s 1st Communion. We love the NUNS!

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Brittany Batson – “Freedom Reigns” Christian Heritage Church, Tallahassee, FL

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Sunday morning worship and communion at Christian Heritage Church, Tallahassee, FL

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Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church Obon Festival 2018 Union City California

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Obon Festival at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City, California.

Endangered Slavery-Era Churches in Lexington USA: UNESCO World Heritage?

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Following the powerful civic response of the historic Main Street Baptist Church of Lexington, Ky., to a proposed threat to her viability where located for the last 145 years, noted civil-rights attorney and First Amendment scholar Amos N. Jones presents context and ideas in this mini-documentary. Voice-overs are from his Sept. 22, 2017, invited Emergency Lecture held in Main Street Baptist’s chapel building at Main and Jefferson. Answering an audience member’s question about how we can leave for our children what our slave ancestors built and left for us, Jones recommends specific methods for preserving Main Street Baptist’s historic location and its commodious campus, exploring UNESCO World Heritage designation to hedge against urban revitalization’s tendency to expunge black historic sites. The next day, the African-American Trust for Historic Preservation vowed to avenge the other four church sites that could eventually be threatened. All five of the churches are introduced in the tour in this video, along with highlights of their historic significance. All five are, Jones explains, extant monuments to religious liberty, erected among a significant indigenous civilization unique in the world — and against the greatest of odds. Jones and others oppose politicians’ and developers’ current efforts to raze these sites to make way for public recreation sites. The tour in this video was filmed on site on the morning of Saturday Sept. 23, 2017, and is presented publicly here, courtesy of the African-American Trust for Historic Preservation with videography by DMZ Productions of Richmond, Ky. Read more about the organized efforts and get involved via