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CAPEGAZETTE, Friday, March 24 -'March 30, 2000.27 Black Harry's Spring on Pilottown Road rededicated Black Harry's Spring on Pilot- town Road in Lewes was rededi- cated Tuesday, March 7. Named for a famous African-American Methodist minister, one of the ear- liest and most influential of his time, the spring had fallen into disrepair. Hazel Brittingham compiled a history, which she read Tuesday. In part, Brittingham said, "Harry Hosier, known as Black Harry, was born a slave in North Caroli- na in 1750. He gained his freedom following the Revolutionary War and soon became Methodism's first black preacher. He was in at- tendance at the 1784 Christmas Conference in Baltimore when Methodism was formally organ- ized in America. "He traveled as an itinerant preacher in company with such Methodist notables as Bishops As- bury and Coke, and with circuit riders Freeborn Garrettson and William Colbert. "Hrry Hosier became one of the most popular preachers in the founding of the denomination. Al- though illiterate, he could remem- ber passages of the. Bible just by hearing them read to him. "He captivated thousands with his eloquent preaching and through his efforts, large numbers of black Americans, free and slave, were gathered into the fold of fast-growing Methodism. "This pioneer preacher died in 1806, at age 56, and was buried in Philadelphia. There is a Harry Hosier Memorial U.M. Church in Philadelphia and there is a Harry Hosier District of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. "There is little printed informa- tion about this structure...It has been said that the spring received attention in the 1930s as a project of the Works Progress Adminis- tration. "In early years, cottages lined the canal bank, and it is said some occupants relied on the spring for their household needs. In that same era, the hardwork- ing railroad builders bringing the Queen Anne Railroad to the brink of the creek, and across the creek to the Delaware Bay, doubtless found relief from thirst at the fountain with its then pure water. "A century or so before that, shipcarpenters plying their skill nearby must have been grateful for nature's bounty." Michael Short photo Community members and representatives from the City of Lewes recently took part in a dedication ceremony for Black Harry's Spring. Shown are (l-r) Jack Schulze of the Lewes parks and recreation committee, Jack Gallagher of the College of Marine Studies, Lewes May- or George It.P. Smith, Howard Parker of the Lewes Parks and Recreation Committee, Pearl Maull, D.J. Cannon, historian Hazel Brittingham, the Rev. Timothy Duffield St, Bailey Lester of the Lewes Parks and Recreation Committee and Mary Perez. : & E Sl00ed Glas; and W00 000rks NOW OPEN Classes available, Day & Evening Studio Time available. 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