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Snow Camp in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Freedom Hill Church

No Slaveholder can be a Christian!

 
 
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By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
1. Freedom Hill Church Marker
Inscription. A mile south of here is the site of Freedom Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, a simple frame building that measured 27 by 36 feet and was dedicated in March 1848. When local residents sent a plea for a minister to the Wesleyans in Ohio in 1847, the Rev. Adam Crooks accepted the call. Among the most outspoken of southern abolitionist groups, the Wesleyans held to the principle that no Christian could in conscience own slaves, a position similar to that of the Quakers. Confrontation with the dominant slave-owning society here was inevitable. Pro-slavery mobs attacked the congregation and fired small arms at the church door. The sanctity of the pulpit was no protection, but the congregation and Crooks refused to renounce their beliefs.

Members of the congregation were active in the Underground Railroad and thereby put their property, families, and lives at risk. Nearby are several hiding places that runaway slaves used. During the Civil War, members of the congregation concealed deserters, draft resisters, and escaped Federal prisoners of war. If they had been caught, they would have been confined in the Confederate prison in Salisbury. North Carolina’s government did not acknowledge the Wesleyans as pacifists, in contrast to the official attitude toward the Quakers. Conscription wagons took many Wesleyans away to forced military
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By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
2. Freedom Hill Church Marker
service.

The old church has been moved twice, and now stands on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

(Sidebar) The Rev. Adam Crooks (1824–1874), who came to North Carolina from Ohio in 1847, was tarred and feathered in effigy, beaten, poisoned twice, barred from speaking at the courthouses in Guilford and Forsyth counties, and jailed in Randolph, all for his faith. He asked his congregants, “Can you give your life for the cause?” In 1851, North Carolina forced him to leave, but he had already planted Wesleyan abolitionist churches in North Carolina and Virginia.

The physical abuse he endured contributed to his early death.
 
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 35° 53.138′ N, 79° 26.138′ W. Marker is in Snow Camp, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker can be reached from Drama Road when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the parking lot of the Snow Camp Outdoor Theater. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Drama Road, Snow Camp NC 27349, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the
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By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
3. Snow Camp
crow flies. Cane Creek Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Micajah McPherson (within shouting distance of this marker); Snow Camp (approx. half a mile away); Cane Creek Meeting (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cane Creek Friends Meeting Since 1751 / Abigail Overman Pike 1709 - 1781 (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Memorial to British Troops Who Died in the Old Meeting House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Allen House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Early Railroads (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Snow Camp.
 
Also see . . .  civilwartraveler.com. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
4. You Are Here
Freedom Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, photo ca. 1950s image. Click for full size.
By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
5. Freedom Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church, photo ca. 1950s
Bullet-riddled door to church, ca. 1970s image. Click for full size.
By Dave Twamley, July 4, 2011
6. Bullet-riddled door to church, ca. 1970s
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dave Twamley of Durham, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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