Bremo Slave Chapel

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This simple Gothic Revival structure was constructed in 1835 as a chapel for the enslaved African Americans at Bremo, the Fluvanna County plantation of John Hartwell Cocke. It is the state’s only known slave chapel and represents Cocke’s deep concern for the religious and moral edification of slaves. He had the enslaved at Bremo taught to read and decided that it was his Christian duty to provide them with religious instruction. Cocke was determined that his slaves should have their own house of worship and thus had the board-and-batten Bremo Slave Chapel built on what became know as Chapel Field. Cocke and his wife Louisa frequently conducted services themselves. The Bremo Slave Chapel fell into disuse after the Civil War. In 1884 it was moved to the village of Bremo Bluff to serve the local Episcopal parish. It remained a church until 1924 when converted to a parish hall for the present Grace Episcopal Church.

Last Updated: January 30, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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