Thanks to the success of the American Patriots of the 13 colonies to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War, that ended in 1783 with the signing of a peace treaty, the colonists set up the government to ensure the freedom from British rule was complete.
People had been coming to the America to flee the tyranny from Europe since the 1600s for opportunity of freedoms: to have their own land, get away from excessive taxation, relief from political persecution, famine, freedom of religion, to be able to worship however they chose without harm.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776, it was another milestone of victory for America, now more people could come to be free. The Articles of Confederation in 1781, which was the 1st Constitution, then the Constitution of the United States was signed and the Bill of Rights (1st 10 Amendments) by signed 1791. Michigan became a state in 1837, so all these freedoms were all set before we were even settled here. Passover is Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, which is before Good Friday and Easter. I have been studying the churches in our county and most all of them practice these holidays. This week the time of 40 days of waiting is over, most churches in the United States believe as Pentecost.
What have we done with our time in this lockdown? Have we slowed down, set new goals for our family, have we gotten closer to our children and mates? Hopefully we became kinder and enjoyed the beauty of our world around us? Are we ready to spring forth and share the love of our country, ‘Pure Michigan’!
Enjoy your freedoms that we have (our patriots fought for) here are some of the oldest Churches in our area, starting as far back as 1840. Genesee County has a diverse list of Churches, choices of careers and ways to support your local businesses as the state opens up. Summer is here, plant your gardens and stay safe.
Remember When is a weekly column in the Burton View featuring historical stories about the community from the Burton Area Historical Society. If you have some Burton history to share, email History.Mona@yahoo.com.