Sunday, January 19, 2014
WESTERN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, PALMYRA, NY
Many of the people in this town did not believe in slavery and partook in the Under Ground Railroad for the slaves before and during the Civil War. Rev. Dr. Eaton, who was Pastor of the Western Presbyterian Church at that time, hid slaves in the steeple of this church.
I attended a Catholic High School and my term paper in my senior year in religion class was to interview a minister from another religion and tell the differences between their beliefs and ours. I chose the Presbyterian Church and spoke with the Minister at the Western Presbyterian church. Women's liberation was coming in then (1967) and I asked the Minister if he thought that the Presbyterians would ever have women ministers. I can still remember him pounding his fist on the desk saying that the Presbyterian's would never have women ministers much less allow a woman to be Pastor. As you can see by the white sign in the fifth picture - he was wrong.
On the second floor of the addition is the Canal Town Nursery School which the Western Presbyterian Church has sponsored since 1973.
Next week's post will be on the second church built on the four corners - The First United Methodist Church.