By Paul Porwoll


The tranquility of the magnificently restored Saint Andrew’s Parish Church, surrounded through stately oaks and old gravestones, belies a tumultuous previous. If its partitions may possibly speak, they might inform a narrative as previous because the human condition.

Founded within the wooded area of a brand new colony, this straightforward Anglican church served planters and their slaves in the course of the heyday of rice and indigo. ahead of the Civil struggle, ministry shifted to the slaves, and later on to freed women and men. Following years of decline and forget, Saint Andrew’s rose just like the phoenix.

The background of the oldest surviving church south of Virginia and the single closing colonial cruciform church in South Carolina is one in every of wealth and poverty, acclaim and anonymity, slavery and freedom, conflict and peace, quarrelling and cooperation, failure and fulfillment. it's the tale of a church that has refused to die, opposed to all odds.


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