Martha Hubbard was born a slave in 1828. She was sold three times and separated from her children, who were sold to different owners. She escaped with
her husband to Highland, Kansas before abolition and was eventually re-united there with her children, parents and siblings. Martha dreamed of a small church where she
and her family and their friends could worship, and in 1882 her dream came true when a small church was built in Highland and named in her honor, St. Martha's A.M.E.
Church. Martha Hubbard lived to the age of 85, and passed into eternity on June 27, 1913. 100 years later, June 27, 2013 has been proclaimed
Martha Hubbard Day by the City of Highland, Kansas.
Today the St. Martha's A.M.E. Church building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Highland Historical Society has undertaken a restoration project
with support from the Kansas Historical Society and other organizations and individuals around the country concerned with the preservation of history represented by Martha
Hubbard's dream and its fruition.
Please join in observing Martha Hubbard Day on Thursday, June 27, 2013 to honor the centennial of Martha Hubbard's death, and request that
your place of worship include Martha Hubbard's favorite hymn,
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
in its music program during the weeks leading up to and after Martha Hubbard Day to honor her voice that still sings in our hearts after 100 years.