This simple clapboarded frame church (now covered with aluminum siding) has served continuously for the same congregation for more than one hundred years. Following the Civil War, African Americans from Ontario, southwest Michigan, and Ohio migrated to the Remus area, obtaining employment in both agriculture and in the burgeoning lumber industry. Deacon Thomas Cross (1826–1897) of Virginia established the congregation in 1869, when he moved his family of twelve with two other African American families to Michigan's heartland. The church was built on Cross's land, with local materials, by local builders and is a good example of functional vernacular architecture. At a time when segregation was the norm in Michigan, the Wheatland Church of Christ opened its doors to blacks, whites, and Native Americans.
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Wheatland Church of Christ
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