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Edgefield in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Religion & Education

 
 
Religion & Education Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 10, 2008
1. Religion & Education Marker
Inscription. Religion has played an important part in the lives of the people of Edgefield County. In the 1760's, the great evangelist Daniel Marshall, came to this area and established Big Stevens Creek and Horn's Creek Churches. In 1826 Edgefield Baptists, together with others from around the state, established Furman Academy and Theological Institution, the forerunner of Furman University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Edgefield church later came under the leadership of the Rev. William Bullein Johnson who became the founder and first president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Other denominations, including Methodists, Episcopalians, and Catholics, were established here in the antebellum period.

After the War Between the States, a remarkable former slave, Rev. Alexander Bettis, provided inspiring leadership for the freedmen, and established over forty churches throughout Edgefield and Aiken Counties. These churches were organized into the Mount Canaan Association and, with their combined resources, Bettis Academy, a school for the African American youth of the region, was established in 1881. Another prominent African American educator from Edgefield County was Dr. Benjamin Mays, the mentor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From early in the 19th century and throughout the antebellum period, Edgefield
Edgefield County Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 10, 2008
2. Edgefield County Memorial
Religion & Education Marker is the first from the right.
County was noted for its superior schools, including the Edgefield Village Academy, the Blocker Academy, and the Edgefield Female Academy. Later, from 1894 to 1913, the South Carolina Co-Educational Institute, located in the Town of Edgefield, was recognized throughout the southeast for its academic excellence.
 
Location. 33° 47.4′ N, 81° 55.783′ W. Marker is in Edgefield, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Jeter Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the greenspace in the northwest corner of the intersection of Jeter and Bumcombe Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Edgefield SC 29824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Industrial History (here, next to this marker); A History of Violence (within shouting distance of this marker); Political Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Name "Edgefield" (within shouting distance of this marker); Agricultural History (within shouting distance of this marker); Edgefield County (within shouting distance of this marker); The Booth-Toney Shootout of 1878 (within shouting distance of this marker); Israel Mukashy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Turner's Country Store (within shouting distance of this marker); First Term of Court (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgefield.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansAntebellum South, USChurches, Etc.Civil RightsEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 979 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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