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Photographer: Mike Stroud
Taken: September 5, 2010
Caption: Liberty Methodist Church
Additional Description: Liberty Church was organized about 1776 by brothers, Stephan and Samuel Collins who had come to this country from Cork County, Ireland prior to 1773. Shortly after the Boston Tea Party of 1773, in which Samuel had a part, the brothers fled to Maryland to escape capture. It was there that they came under the influence of Bishop Frances Asbury, the first
Methodist Bishop in America, who later sent the brothers to Georgia as Methodist missionaries.
Settling south of Augusta the brothers started what became known as the Sam Collins Church. Bishop Frances Asbury in his journal of March 1, 1790 recorded that "we crossed at Augusta, in Georgia, and rode to the S.C. church." Sometime later, it is not exactly when, the church was named Liberty.
The two brothers constructed from the first house of worship sometime in the late 1700s. It is not certain exactly when, but in 1804, when Thomas Jefferson was President, and Lewis and Clark were commissioned to explore the N.W. Territory, the present structure was built. It has undergone renovations at times, and is now, but the basic structure still
stands as a beacon of God's Grace in south Richmond County.
Liberty is a congregation of dedicated people used by God as his instruments of love in this community ... in a ministry started during the Revolutionary War and continuing until this day! Always looking forward to more and better ways to serve.
(Excerpt from Liberty United Methodist Church )
Submitted: September 6, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p126288
File Size: 0.195 Megabytes
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