New Provincial Heritage Property recognizes African-American settlement in Sask.

Shiloh Baptist Church stands today as the only known building that remains from the first and only African-American farming community established in Saskatchewan.

The site, around 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, has been designated a Provincial Heritage Property.

Lanigan area farmers till same soil for more than a century

Completed in 1912, the church became the focal point of community life as well as a social and religious centre for a close-knit community of settlers who escaped segregation in Oklahoma.

“In the early 20th century, African-American families seeking freedom from discrimination made this small farming community in Saskatchewan their home,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said in a press…

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