“THE OLD BRICK CHURCH”
My article is simply titled, “The Old Brick Church.” If you will allow me through personal observation, imagination, and internet research, I want to take you on a trip to let you see how the “Old Brick Church,” started, became a major hub of settlers’ life in the 16th century, and finally a national landmark today, known as St. Luke’s Church. Historic St. Luke’s Church had the oldest Gothic architecture in America. It is the oldest church of English foundation and the oldest continually standing brick structure in America.
If you would allow your imagination to take an emotional journey with me, I want to travel back in time to around 1632, in a place called “Warrasquoyacke Parish”, now known as Isle of Wight, south of the James River, in Virginia, among grove oak trees a church called the Old Brick Church, was built. The church took about four or five years for the early settlers to build and served as everything from a fortress, to a meeting place, a courtroom, and even a mission. It was the center of life for the colonist. The church was built close to a body of water so it could be reached by boat and water was used for everything, associated with colonial life. The general court of the colony also convened in the church so it had to be of suitable means to reflect this function. The church’s pews, which were high-box style, were made to accommodate the importance of the people that attended services. Although it was not a castle system, it was a class system and contained classes of people who were segregated even in their church seating. The rich and powerful people always took the best seats in the front and disseminated outward according to their wealth. Slaves would always be upstairs in the balcony.
If you would allow me to use my imagination, I, being of African American descent, was a slave belonging to Colonel Joseph Bridger of “White Marsh”, a very wealthy man and a member of the Council of State of Charles...