Trenton in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mt. Canaan Baptist Church
This church, founded in 1868, was one of the first black Baptist churches in this area. Alexander Bettis (1836-1895), a former slave, established this church with the assistance of three white ministers after the local Baptist association refused to ordain him. Mt. Canaan grew from seventeen charter members to more than 2,000 members in only three years.
This was the first of forty churches Rev. Alexander Bettis organized in Edgefield and Aiken Counties. He also founded Bettis academy in 1881. He served Mt. Canaan and three other area churches until his death in 1895, and is buried here. early services were held in a brush arbor. The original frame sanctuary was replaced by the present brick sanctuary in 1961.
Erected 2004 by Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Congregation. (Marker Number 19-16.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
Location. 33° 40.117′ N, 81° 52.717′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2451 Edgefield Road, Trenton SC 29847, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bettis Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Bettis Academy (approx. 1.3 miles away); 12 Stone Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); Horn's Creek Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Horns Creek Baptist Church / Revolutionary Skirmish at Horns Creek (approx. 4.9 miles away); Darby (approx. 5.7 miles away); Benjamin R. Tillman House (approx. 5.7 miles away); Marie Cromer Seigler House (approx. 6.8 miles away); John Gary Evans (approx. 8 miles away); Benjamin Ryan Tillman (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,282 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4, 5. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.