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Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library

 
 
Berean Church Marker<br>(<i>side 1 • faces north • church on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 1, 2019
1. Berean Church Marker
(side 1 • faces north • church on right)
Inscription.  
Berean Church (side 1)
Berean Presbyterian Church was founded by Samuel J. Bampfield, an influential African American political figure during Reconstruction. Bampfield served in the S.C. House of Representatives, was Beaufort's postmaster, and clerk of the county court. In 1892 the congregation purchased this lot and constructed a church in the Gothic Revival style. Solomon P. Hood, who later was appointed U.S. Minister to Liberia, was the first pastor.
(Continued on other side)

J. I. Washington Branch Library (side 2)
(Continued from other side)
In 1931 the building was purchased by the Beaufort Township Library and converted for use as a segregated branch library for African Americans. It operated in that capacity until 1965 when this branch closed and Township Library was desegregated. The building was later used as headquarters for the Neighborhood Youth Corps and in 1993 was purchased by USC Beaufort for use as an art studio.
Sponsored by the Beaufort County Historical Society,
USC Beaufort, and the Old Commons
J. I. Washington Branch Library Marker<br>(<i>side 2 • faces south • library on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 1, 2019
2. J. I. Washington Branch Library Marker
(side 2 • faces south • library on left)
Neighborhood Association, 2014

 
Erected 2014 by Beaufort County Historical Society, USC Beaufort, and the Old Commons Neighborhood Association. (Marker Number 7-52.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureChurches & ReligionCivil Rights.
 
Location. 32° 26.073′ N, 80° 40.202′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Carteret Street (Business U.S. 21) south of Prince Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 Carteret Street, Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First African Baptist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Wesley Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Beth Israel Synagogue (about 600 feet away); Dr. Henry Woodward, Surgeon 1646-1686 (about 700 feet away); Beaufort Arsenal (about 700 feet away); City Meat Market & Firehouse (about 800 feet away); Beaufort College (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaufort.
 
Regarding Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library.
J. I. Washington Branch Library Marker (<i>side 2; wide view; library building on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 1, 2019
3. J. I. Washington Branch Library Marker (side 2; wide view; library building on left)
Building is currently in use as an USC Beaufort art studio.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Berean Presbyterian Church. The Berean Presbyterian Church operated up until the late 1920’s, when the majority of the congregation relocated to nearby churches. In 1931, the Beaufort Township Library purchased the property and transformed it into an African-American library branch with a space reserved for community meetings. But by 1965, the branch was forced to close because of the desegregation of the South. (Submitted on May 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Berean Church / J.I. Washington Branch Library. The Berean Presbyterian Church was constructed c. 1900 and was used as an African American Presbyterian Church until at least 1924. The building was purchased from the synod and became the library for the county’s African American residents from 1932 to 1965. The Carpenter Gothic building is included in the Beaufort Historic District. (Submitted on May 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library<br>(<i>southeast corner view from Carteret St.</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 1, 2019
4. Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library
(southeast corner view from Carteret St.)
Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library<br>(<i>northeast; marker visible left of center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 1, 2019
5. Berean Church / J. I. Washington Branch Library
(northeast; marker visible left of center)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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