Friends of African Union Church of S. Coventry holds weekend events

This Saturday, October 5th at 8 a.m., the Friends of the African Union Church of South Coventry will be holding a benefit craft and flea market at Reed’s Recycle Antiques, 1503 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465.  This is on Rt. 23 one mile west of Rt. 100.  Proceeds will help fund the preservation of a long-forgotten 19th century church and burial site in South Coventry. An historic marker has now been installed to draw attention to the location on Coventryville Road.
Then, on Sunday October 6th, there will be a one-hour presentation at Warwick Park in Knauertown on Route 23 at 2 pm.  This is an offering of the Chesco Education Series.  The one-hour presentation will cover the history, present status and preservation plans for a 19th century church and burial ground. The site is being preserved by the Friends of the African Union Church of South Coventry, a public charity. Join them for some forgotten local history and learn what planning is being done to preserve and maintain this site.

Public information meetings to be held for historic African Union Church of South Coventry

Have you ever heard of The Friends of the African Union Church of South Coventry (FAUCSC)?   In 2010, FAUCSC was established as a non-profit to preserve the remnants of an historic African-American church and cemetery that had been abandoned many years ago on Coventryville Road in South Coventry.

They are working to increase interest in their preservation  project as well as increase the public awareness surrounding the importance of the site.  They are also raising funds for their Restoring Dignity: Historic Marker and Fence Campaign. They have set a goal of raising $15,000 for:

-Sign to identify the site and provide basic information
-Fencing to identify the locations of the graves
-Entrance steps and walking path

You can visit them on the web at to learn more or make a donation.

Artist’s rendering by Susan Donmoyer

FAUCSC will host two public information meetings at the South Coventry township building on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 10 at 10:00am.

Members of the FAUCSC will discuss their work to preserve the early 19th-Century church and cemetery located in the township. Residents and anyone interested in local history are invited to attend.

There are some photos and some more information in this Mercury article  by Brandie Kessler about 2012 Earth Day activities in the area. You can also visit to learn more.

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