Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bethel A. M. E. Church, which was founded in Georgetown in 1865, has a proud religious tradition. The plot of land where the brick sanctuary, seen in this photo, stands today is land acquired in January 1866. The first sanctuary was built across Duke Street from this church on the lot where the present church parsonage is situated. In 1882 a large wooden sanctuary was erected on the location of the present church. Further improvements were made in 1908 when the church building was remodeled and brick veneered. Some of the outstanding ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church were ministers of Bethel Church.

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  • Title Methodists
  • Author
  • Keywords John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, Great Awakening, Joseph Pilmore, not warmly received among the planter and merchant elite classes in the lowcountry, Second Great Awakening that insured the future of Methodism, Wofford College for men was established in Spartanburg, and Columbia Female College opened in 1859, Methodists supported the Confederacy, Layman L. P. Hollis, Methodists joined the growing national temperance movement and campaigned for prohibition in the state, supported removing the Confederate flag from the dome of the state capitol and opposed a state lottery
  • Website Name South Carolina Encyclopedia
  • Publisher University of South Carolina, Institute for Southern Studies
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  • Access Date December 6, 2023
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 15, 2022
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