Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church
“From Bush Arbor to Brick and Mortar”
In 1866 soon after the Civil War an interracial Methodist organization was formed. They worshiped under a Bush Arbor near the railroad in South Sumter. After a few years they grew discontented with the organization and sought to form a newly introduced church called the African Methodist Episcopal Church. For a while they conducted services in the Sumter County Courthouse. Later they moved to a rented workshop building on South Sumter Street.
In 1869 $300.00 was raised to purchase the land on which the present church stands. On the foundation of faith, love and charity, the members built their first wooden church and named it Mount Pisgah AME Church. It was dedicated in 1870. The membership rapidly outgrew the church, and a larger and stronger church was built in 1900 in the same location. In later years it was brick veneered and twice renovated.
Erected 1993 by Sumter County Historical Commission.
Location. 33° 55.05′ N, 80° 20.803′ W. Marker is in Sumter, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is at the intersection of Council Street and West Bartlette Street, on the right when traveling north on Council Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sumter SC 29150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sumterville Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sumter District Confederate Dead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Temple Sinai (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clara Louise Kellogg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sumter's Court Houses (approx. half a mile away); Potter's Headquarters / Federal Order Of Battle (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Sumter.
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 454 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.