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S.C. Baptist Historical Collection

Materials

S.C. African American Baptist Church Files

These files contain miscellaneous secondary materials such as newspaper articles, bulletins, and church histories stored in vertical files. These files do not contain church records or membership lists. The list is alphabetical by church name and includes the organization date.

A majority of these files only contain a photocopy of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Historical Records Survey of Church Records (also known as the Inventory of Church Archives) completed between 1937-1939.

The WPA questionnaires provided the means by which information was systematically gathered on African-American and white churches in both rural and urban areas, including address, date organized, building description, construction date, and, of primary importance, listings of any known church records. The original survey sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, and are available online here.

Microfilm

Books and Published Materials

Websites

S.C. African American Baptist Church Files

  • Articles re: African American Baptist History
  • References to African Americans in SC Baptist Historical Collection, 1866-1900
  • Antioch Baptist, Aiken Co. (1879) 
  • Beautiful Gate Baptist, Allendale Co. (1887) 
  • Beaver Dam Baptist, Aiken Co. (1868) 
  • Bell Grove Baptist, Aiken Co. (1933) 
  • Bethesda Baptist, Georgetown, S.C. 
  • Beulah Baptist, Allendale Co. (1882) 
  • Forksville Baptist, Abbeville Co. 
  • Friendship Baptist, Aiken Co. (1866) 
  • Friendship Baptist, Greenville Co. (1880) 
  • Galilee Baptist, Allendale Co. (1869) 
  • Gethsemane Baptist Assoc Upper Division Minutes (1872) 
  • Happy Home Baptist, Allendale Co. (1868) 
  • Irvington Baptist, Allendale Co. (1868) 
  • Jerusalem Baptist, Aiken Co. (1877) 
  • John’s Creek Baptist, Abbeville Co. (c. 1866) 
  • King David Baptist, Anderson Co. (1900) 
  • Little Rock Buffalo Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1896) 
  • Miller Swamp Baptist, Allendale Co. (1868) 
  • Mt. Calvary Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1878) 
  • Mt. Calvary Baptist, Allendale Co. (1872) 
  • Mt. Canan Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1898) 
  • Mt. Moriah Baptist, Kershaw Co. (1866) 
  • Mt. Olive Baptist, Abbeville Co. (c. 1867) 
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1867) 
  • Mt. Sinai Baptist, Aiken Co. (1882) 
  • Mt. Sinai Baptist, Greenville Co. 
  • New China Baptist, Kershaw Co. (1866) 
  • New Hope Baptist, Anderson Co. (1865) 
  • New Hopewell Baptist, Anderson Co. (c. 1878) 
  • New Zion Baptist, Allendale Co. (c. 1890) 
  • Open Heart Baptist, Greenville Co. (1977) 
  • Paul’s Heart Baptist, Allendale Co. (1896) 
  • Pee Dee Baptist Assoc. Minutes (1908) 
  • Pine Grove Baptist, Fairfield Co. 
  • Poplar Grove Baptist Church, Abbeville Co. (c. 1905) 
  • Randall Baptist, Aiken Co. (1899) 
  • Reedy River Baptist, Greenville Co. 
  • Salem Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1868) 
  • Salem Baptist, Abbeville Co., Ninety-Six, S.C. (1867) 
  • Silver Bluff Missionary Baptist, Aiken Co. 
  • Springfield Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1869) 
  • Springfield Baptist, Abbeville Co. (c. 1867) 
  • Springfield Baptist, Aiken Co. (1868) 
  • Springfield Baptist, Augusta, G.A. (1770) 
  • Springfield Baptist, Greenville Co., Greenville, S.C. 
  • St. Mary Baptist, Abbeville Co. (1881) 
  • Tabernacle Baptist, Greenville Co. 
  • Tumbling Shoals Baptist Assoc. Minutes (1888, 1934) 
  • Union Baptist Church, Abbeville Co., Abbeville, S.C. (c. 1896) 
  • Union Baptist, Aiken Co. (1917) 
  • Walnut Grove Baptist, Abbeville Co. (c. 1868) 
  • Welfare Baptist, Anderson Co. 
  • Wilson Creek #2 Baptist, Abbeville Co. (c. 1900) 
  • Zion Hill Baptist, Aiken Co. (1909) 

Microfilm

Rocky River Baptist Association, Anderson County, 1908.

Camden First Baptist Church, Kershaw County, established 1810. 1810-1838, minutes, with register of Negro members, 1810-1835. 1869-1902, minutes and register; 1837-1936, misc. church papers.

Old Pilgrim Baptist Church, Greenville County, established 1864. 1904-1926, 1930-1934, 1948-1952, WMU Minutes April 1977, 1980-2003, Treasurers' Reports 1896-1972 (scattered), Historical Highlights 1828, 1904-1923.

Books and Published Materials

Please note that these items are as described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. 

  • History of the first African Baptist Church, from its organization, January 10th, 1788, to July 1st, 1888 : Including the centennial celebration, addresses, sermons, etc., by Rev. E.K. Love, 1888
  • Sermons, addresses, and reminiscences, and important correspondence, by E. C. Morris, 1980
  • Black Baptist women of South Carolina, 1888-1983, a special project of the Woman's Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, 1983
  • A history of Black Baptists, by Leroy Fitts, 1985
  • Pre-1900 statistical table of S.C. Black Baptist churches, compiled by John A. Middleton, 1992
  • The historical Silver Bluff Missionary Baptist Church : established 1750 : 251st anniversary celebration, Sunday, August 5, 2001, 2:30 p.m [Aiken County, S.C.], 2001?
  • The history of John Wesley United Methodist Church, compiled and researched by Fred W. Bostic, 2006
  • New Light Beulah Baptist Church, the beacon light in the midst of the lower Richland community : Lower Richland's oldest Black Baptist church, vol. 1 & 2, by John Allen Middleton, c2011
  • First Calvary and forgotten turns of events, by John Allen Middleton, c2011
  • Red Hill Baptist Church - traveling on to glory, by John Allen Middleton, c2011

Websites

Greenville Cultural Exchange Center-African-American history museum and culture center dedicated to the preservation of African-American history in the Greenville area

South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, S.C. - Catalog search for "African American Baptists -- South Carolina."

American Baptist Historical Society - Founded in 1853, cares for the largest and most diverse collection of Baptist materials in the world. Included is the largest collection of African American Baptist church records from the 19th and early 20th century, including records of institutions founded by Baptists of all varieties.