“Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation frees all slaves, but the North and South are still at war. In Missouri, Robert Hickman leads 200 slaves in an escape up the Mississippi River to St. Paul. They call themselves “the pilgrims” and form Pilgrim Baptist Church, Minnesota’s first black congregation.”*
Thanks, Holy Spirit, that You gave these Pilgrims boldness to escape their life of slavery. They made a conscious choice to follow Your provision for their freedom! They acted boldly, not fearing for their own lives.
Will You bless Robert Hickman, his generations, dwellings, and property in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? Will You remember this act of leadership, and continue to bring folks of such character to St. Paul?
Bless Pilgrim Baptist Church! May they lead the way for future generations of Minnesotans to follow Your way of freedom, even though it’s risky, costly, and dangerous! I bless You, Pilgrim Baptist, your generations, lands, and property by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ!
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This is fascinating. I am a Civil War buff, but I have never heard this story before. Well done.
Have you written about the 1st Minnesota at Gettysburg?
I can’t take credit fir this research. That’s the MHS. Regarding the Civil War, I sort of have a grasp on major events, but am no expert. I am curious to hear more re: MN 1st or grab some sources! Thanks!
I cringe when I think of the lack of detail I offer, but I’m covering about 400 events when its all done.
Here’s one to start! http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/union-monuments/minnesota/1st-minnesota/
Minnesota boys standing up to slavery and ensuring that it loses the pivotal battle, saving the USA in the process? Sounds like a good post to me! But then again, I don’t want to run your blog.