water moves me to save history


Renna McKinney
Malone’s Church

Renna wants to save Malone’s Church, a modest gray building from 1895 nestled down a quiet road in Madison. And not just because her mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother are buried in the cemetery there. The church and cemetery also have strong ties to Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman. Tubman worked as a slave in the area with her husband and her father. She likely went to services at the church that formerly stood at the spot. And her nieces and nephews are buried in the cemetery. “We want to restore the church and make it an interpretive center where we can tell the stories of Harriet Tubman’s life and the people who helped her along the way,” Renna says. “This is an area that can tell her stories.”

“Harriet Tubman inspires me with her endurance to pursue righteousness.”

my picks

How I love to spend the day in Dorchester
I love the water and to walk around the track and have picnics at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge. It’s so calm.

Favorite thing to do with friends from out of town
Tour the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. Or to go anywhere near the water.

Off-the-beaten-path suggestion for visitors
Malone’s Church in Madison, on White Marsh Road.

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