Cox Memorial United Methodist Church at the corner of Middle and Central streets in Hallowell is helping to observe Hallowell’s 250th birthday with three events the first weekend in June.
Saturday, JUNE 2nd at 1pm – Historic Marker Dedication
The first new state historic marker in at least 10 years will be dedicated on Saturday, June 2 at 1 pm. This marker recognizes the achievements of Hallowell native Melville Cox who was the first Methodist missionary to a foreign country from America in 1833 when he went to Liberia, Africa. The marker will be in the small pull-out on the river side of Route 201 at the southern end of the City of Hallowell where historic markers about Benedict Arnold and Hallowell’s Museum in the Streets are already located.
Saturday, June 2nd at 7pm – Dramatic Presentation
At 7 pm on June 2 the world premiere of the drama, “Let a Thousand Fall Before Africa Be Given Up” written by Rev Pat Thompson, author of several histories of notable Methodists. The play is about the life and ministry of Rev Melville Cox – growing up in Hallowell, answering a call to ministry, deciding to volunteer to be a missionary. Costumed players will recount his dedication in the face of many challenges, his achievements and his death. The actors include retired Bishop Cliff Ives, Methodist historians from throughout New England and members of the Hallowell church.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd at 10am – Methodist Heritage Day
The third event will occur on Sunday, June 3, which has been proclaimed Methodist Heritage Day and homecoming at Cox United Methodist Church. The 10 am service will focus on the debt we own to our ancestors and the work they have left for us to continue, especially our mission to help people in Hallowell, in our state and our country as well as in countries throughout the world. Following the service there will be a pot luck luncheon.
All events of the weekend are open to the public free of charge.