Highlights!

  • Lorenzo Carter becomes the first American citizen to settle permanently in Cleveland. He came with his family and his relatives from Vermont to what was then known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. Carter and his family were Baptists.

1832

  • By 1832, there were enough Baptist churches in this area to warrant the formation of an Association. This took place in September at Columbia Station that was then known as Copokah, an Indian name for Rocky River.

  • By the third annual meeting in 1834, there were 17 member churches, only two of which, Columbia Baptist and First Greater Cleveland, survive to this day.

  • By the mid 19th century Cleveland churches were thriving, wealthy, and progressive, counting among their members leading citizens of the city, such as John D. Rockefeller. All the Cleveland churches were active in the anti-slavery movement.

  • By the mid 19th century Cleveland churches were thriving, wealthy, and progressive, counting among their members leading citizens of the city, such as John D. Rockefeller. All the Cleveland churches were active in the anti-slavery movement.

  • By the mid 19th century Cleveland churches were thriving, wealthy, and progressive, counting among their members leading citizens of the city, such as John D. Rockefeller. All the Cleveland churches were active in the anti-slavery movement.

  • By the mid 19th century Cleveland churches were thriving, wealthy, and progressive, counting among their members leading citizens of the city, such as John D. Rockefeller. All the Cleveland churches were active in the anti-slavery movement.

  • By the mid 19th century Cleveland churches were thriving, wealthy, and progressive, counting among their members leading citizens of the city, such as John D. Rockefeller. All the Cleveland churches were active in the anti-slavery movement.

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