Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Brush Arbor Service

Brush arbor meetings were religious affairs


Brush arbor meetings were religious affairs, the services mostly took place around the turn of the 18th and well into the 19th centuries in America. Brush arbors were a sturdy means of temporary shelter but crudely made by cutting down trees.  Brush arbors were often made of rustic woodwork or lattice woodwork on which plants, such as climbing shrubs or vines would cling to help conceal the structure.


Brush arbor meetings were religious affairs
Brush arbor meetings were religious affairs
Most slaves were not allowed to learn to read or write under penalty of death thus learning to read the bible was not the way slaves obtained religion. The slaves of the master that did not allow church would steal off and have camp meetings under a tree. If the slave was caught praying the consequences from the master or overseer were beatings and possible death. Therefore, church for slaves was at times conducted in secret. Brush Arbors supplied a secret, shady resting place for worshipers to praise the goodness of God.
  



When that day comes

When that day comes