Kershaw Churches

Unity Baptist Church, Kershaw, South Carolina (Kershaw County)
Unity Baptist Church, Kershaw, South Carolina

Kershaw, South Carolina was one of the wealthiest towns in the state in the mid 1800’s.  It was originally a gathering place for the farmers in the area but was largely destroyed towards the end of the Civil War. Another rebuilding phase occurred in the early 1900’s and included a pair of churches shown here.  I passed through last Sunday afternoon and was invited inside both churches so I was able to get a shot of the interiors.

Unity Baptist Church was organized in 1909 and is on East Sumter Street.  The Gothic Revival church building was completed a year later and was the second black church in town.  The interior of the church has many original features including the coved ceiling.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Unity Baptist Church, Kershaw, South Carolina (Kershaw County)

Interior, Unity Baptist Church

Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kershaw South Carolina

Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kershaw South Carolina

The oldest African-American congregation in town is Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion.  The church was named for a former slave who was an A.M.E. minister.  The church below was built in 1909. Included as part of the Lancaster County entry, it’s also on the National Register.

Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kershaw South Carolina (Kersh
Interior, Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church
Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kershaw South Carolina (Kersh
Clinton Chapel A.M.E., date unrecorded

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s