Wiles Crossroads in Calhoun County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church
The first church built by African Americans at Fort Motte grew out of services held by slaves at nearby Bellville, Goshen, Lang Syne, and Oakland plantations. It was formally organized in 1867 by Caleb Bartley, Israel Cheeseborough, Cudjo Cunningham, Anderson Keitt, William McCrae, John Spann, and Harry Stuart.
Rev. S.A. Evans, the first minister, was succeeded by Rev. Henry Duncan, who served until his death in 1905. The sanctuary, built in 1869 on land donated by Augustus T. and Louisa McCord Smythe, was remodeled in the 1970s and the 1990s. Mount Pleasant School educated students here from the 1870s into the 1920s.
Erected 2002 by Congregation and the United Family Reunion,. (Marker Number 9-9.)
Location. 33° 41.656′ N, 80° 39.001′ W. Marker is in Wiles Crossroads, South Carolina, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Fort Motte Road (State Highway 419), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located between Poindexter Court and Dillon Court. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Matthews SC 29135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John M. Bates Bridge (approx. 4.3 miles away); Congaree River Ferries (approx. 4.8 miles away); Honoring a Pioneer Woman (approx. 5.1 miles away); First Land Granted in Calhoun County Area (approx. 5.1 miles away); St. Matthew's Lutheran Church (approx. 5.4 miles away); Good Hope Picnic (approx. 7.2 miles away); Shady Grove Church (approx. 7.4 miles away); Calhoun County (approx. 7.7 miles away); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 7.7 miles away); Patriots of Calhoun County (approx. 7.7 miles away).
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