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Congregation fights to save church where Harriet Tubman worshipped

Its foundation was laid by former slaves who began new lives in Canada. Now the community is rallying to keep it from being forgotten
Harriet Tubman, the famous African-American abolitionist, circa 1870. Photograph: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

The modest wooden frame of the Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church was laid in the 1850s by former slaves as they settled into their new lives in Canada.

The stucco-clad gabled church soon became a focal point for the community; hosting not only worshippers but gatherings of civil rights activists and abolitionists –

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