7d Tour 2 – The Churches of the Ethiopian Baptists
Tour 2 - The Churches of the Ethiopian Baptists takes you around the island, learning of Jamaica’s passion for religion and Christianity as seen through the chapels established by the Ethiopian Baptist Society. Many churches had to be established in locations which avoided public glare because of the persecution they experienced, and so as well as experiencing city life, you will also experience the beauty of the Jamaican countryside.
Day 1 – Kingston (o/n Kingston)
The evening will comprise of a brief introductory lecture to prepare all participants for the tour ahead. Refreshments will be served.
Day 2 – Kingston (o/n Kingston)
We begin our tour by visiting the ‘birthplace’ of the Ethiopian Baptist church in Jamaica – Kingston. There will be visits to churches and schools established by Liele (Windward Road) and Swigle (East Queen Street and Calabar School), Gordon (Kingston Tabernacle). We will also visit to Mambay Park Baptist Church, named after an enslaved African who was known to have had a healing ministry, Kingston Tabernacle, established by George William Gordon, and Hanover Street, Joshua Tinson who was caretaker of Windward Road Chapel whilst Liele was in England for 4 years. There will be visits to National Heroes Park, previously Kingston Racecourse where Liele frequently preached, as well as journeying past the asylum where African Christians were frequently incarcerated, and the Fort where Liele was employed in his first two years in Jamaica. The tour will conclude with a visit to Clifton Mount Plantation whose owner had invited the Ethiopian Baptists to establish a Chapel on which to teach its ‘slaves.’ It is situated in the Blue Mountains and remains famous for its coffee, which you will be invited to taste.
Day 3 – Kingston – St Catherine – St Ann – St Mary (o/n Ocho Rios)
A busy day which will see us travelling from the South Coast to the North Coast of the island, following in the footsteps of George Gibb, an African American leader who travelled to Jamaica with Liele. Our tour take us to Jericho, Phillippo and Kitson Town Baptist Churches. We will also visit the ruins of the Governor’s Residence where the Emancipation Proclamation was read out in 1838, and the gaol and dungeon which incarcerated Liele and other African Christians. We will pass through the Goshen Estate plantation on our journey north to the site of Rodney Hall Court and Workhouse, nicknamed ‘The Hellhole of Jamaica.’ Then on to Pembroke Hall Plantation where a free Gibb established a chapel and lived with his enslaved wife. On reaching the north coast we will have lunch and experience Dolphin Cove before concluding the day at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Port Maria where Gibb concluded his ministry.
Day 4 - St Ann – St James – Trelawny (o/n Falmouth)
Day four takes us to the home of the Ethiopian Baptist movement in the north. We are going to explore the churches established by the most prolific of all their ministers, Moses Baker. After a visit to the plantation on which he grew up and worked – Croydon, we will journey to the site of the first chapel, Crooked Spring, visit Salter’s Hill gathering place of thousands of the enslaved for worship just days before the Baptist War began and travel through Adelphi before arriving in Montego Bay, the home of Montego Bay Baptist Church.