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Liberty Hill Church / Pioneers in Desegregation

 
 
Liberty Hill Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
1. Liberty Hill Church Marker
Inscription.  
Liberty Hill Church
In 1867, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Thomas and Margaret Briggs gave four acres of land to this African Methodist Episcopal church. The present building, completed in 1905, has been brick veneered. Meetings held here in the 1940s and 1950s led to local court cases which helped bring about the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 ruling desegregating public schools.

(Reverse text)
Pioneers in Desegregation
Nineteen members of this congregation were plantiffs in the case of Harry Briggs, Jr. vs. R.W. Elliott, heard in U.S. District Court, Charleston, in 1952. Although this court refused to abolish racial segregration in S.C. schools, this case, with others, led to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark decision desegregating public schools.
 
Erected 1985 by the Congregation. (Marker Number 14-8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & Religion
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Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
 
Location. 33° 35.46′ N, 80° 23.372′ W. Marker is in St. Paul, South Carolina, in Clarendon County. Marker is on Liberty Hill Road (State Highway 14-373) near Old River Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2310 Liberty Hill Rd, Summerton SC 29148, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Briggs Family House/Briggs V. Elliott (approx. 2.1 miles away); Scott’s Branch School/Briggs V. Elliot (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Together Let Us Sweetly Live" (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rev. J.A. De Laine (approx. 2.2 miles away); Harry Briggs (approx. 2.2 miles away); Levi Pearson Sr. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Anne Custis Burgess (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Mark A.M.E. (approx. 2.4 miles away).
 
Liberty Hill Church Marker, new paint job image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
2. Liberty Hill Church Marker, new paint job
Pioneers in Desegregation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
3. Pioneers in Desegregation Marker
Pioneers in Desegregation Marker, new paint job image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
4. Pioneers in Desegregation Marker, new paint job
Liberty Hill Church / Pioneers in Desegregation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
5. Liberty Hill Church / Pioneers in Desegregation Marker
Liberty Hill Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2009
6. Liberty Hill Church
Liberty Hill Church / Pioneers in Desegregation Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, June 2, 2011
7. Liberty Hill Church / Pioneers in Desegregation Marker
Liberty Hill Church Window image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 17, 2013
8. Liberty Hill Church Window
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,439 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on June 2, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on June 2, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on November 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on June 2, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8. submitted on October 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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