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New Location - Oakland Methodist Church

posted Apr 5, 2016, 9:18 AM by Trial & Tribulations Matson Slave Trial Project

The new venue is the Oakland Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Club will be the caterer. “We are very excited about this new partnership,” explains Renee Henry, program coordinator. The quaint white frame church retains a historical atmosphere similar to the Columbian Building.  Henry notes the ties to the Methodist church are significant, too, because Anthony Bryant, the patriarch of the Bryant family, was a Methodist exhorter (a type of lay minister).  While the Methodist congregation did not formalize until 1856 in Oakland, Dr. Hiram Rutherford reported that his first wife attended Methodist camp meetings and, in fact, died following one such event. The kitchen adjacent to the eating area will make it easier to serve the 1847 dinner and to clean up. In addition, the Methodist Women have an outstanding reputation for delicious meals.