Cobb’s Hill Methodist Church in Warwick, which was painstakingly built by slaves and free blacks over two years, was dedicated.
The building effort was led by Edward Fraser, a Barbadian-born slave who arrived in Bermuda in 1818 with his Bermudian owner Francis Lightbourn.
Fraser joined a Methodist congregation in Warwick, where he quickly established himself as a leader.Construction of the church began in 1825. Slaves laboured in their free time, often on moonlit nights, to get the job done.
The church has been in continuous use since it opened. Fraser was granted his freedom and left Bermuda in 1828. He became a Methodist minister, serving throughout the Caribbean until his death in 1872.