CNY church played key role in Underground Railroad

TOWN OF VOLNEY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A small Central New York church has a deep-rooted history in the abolitionist movement and was an icon of the Underground Railroad.

Just off the shores of Lake Ontario, in the town of Volney, stands a piece of history that changed the course of our nation forever.

The Bristol Hill Church served as a pathway in the Underground Railroad because of its location— Lake Ontario was a way to escape the United States into Canada.

The church served as a safe haven for slaves.

Jim Hinman, a former pastor of Bristol Hill Church, said everyone worshiped together and fought to end slavery together.

"Not only did white people hide fugitive slaves of this church, but they also made resolutions in the church that slavery was a sin,” Hinman said.

About two miles away from the church are homes of the members who housed slaves on the Underground Railroad as they journeyed to freedom.

NewsChannel 9’s Jennifer Sanders was in Volney to tour the church and the surrounding homes, hearing about their history during the abolitionist movement.

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