Campaign For the People of St Lawrence County

In February of 2019, the SLCHA Board of Trustees quietly launched the Campaign for the People of St Lawrence County, a three-year, $500,000 fund drive to increase our internal endowment, ensuring our long-term financial survivability. We have raised $287,739 as of September 14. More information…

Textile Tools

Recently added: online exhibit of textile tools, provided by Stockholm historian Carl Stickney

Spinning Wheel

Walking Wheel - Named for "Granny Greer" - SLCHA photo

Christopher Rush (Feb. 4, 1777-July 16, 1873)

From Slave to African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Bishop

Christopher Rush

By Bryan Thompson, De Kalb Historian

Christopher Rush was born a slave in Craven County, North Carolina, and arrived in New York State in 1798. As one of many slaves of Rebecca and David Ogden, he came to St Lawrence County where he spent summers in Waddington and assisted in building the Ogden cottage and Mansion.

Rush’s obituary noted:

Uncle Kit (the name he was known by as a slave) frequently made trips with his master up through Albany to the site of the then future city of Ogdensburgh, which at that time consisted of but one building, erected by the British troops for their protection.

Rush obtained his freedom by 1811; by 1815 he was licensed as a minister in the AME Zion Church. In 1822 he became a Deacon and in 1828 a Bishop. Fredrick Douglass was a personal friend. The AME Zion Church became known as the freedom church and was active in the Underground Railroad. Rush sent refugees north to lands that he was familiar with.

Christopher Rush died at 96 years old. Over 3,000 people attended his funeral, held at his New York City church.

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The St Lawrence County Historical Association (SLCHA) is a not-for-profit membership organization and museum which serves as an educational resource for the use and benefit of the citizens of St Lawrence County and others interested in the County's history and traditions. The Association collects and preserves archival material and artifacts pertinent to the County's history. In cooperation and collaboration with other local organizations, the Association promotes an understanding of and appreciation for the County's rich history through publications, exhibits, and programs. The SLCHA operates within museum standards established by the American Alliance of Museums.


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