Oakland in Sumter County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
High Hills Baptist Church
Organized by Rev. Joseph Reese, this church was established Jan. 4, 1772. First located on land given by Dr. Joseph Howard (later moved to present site purchased from Gen. Thomas Sumter), it ordained, 1774, young Richard Furman, whose patriotic oratory caused Lord Cornwallis to put a price on his head, and who became one of the outstanding ministers of the gospel of his day.
This church was a leader in the early struggle for liberty, religious and political, and was the mother of many churches. Inspired by Dr. Furman, Rev. John M. Roberts, Pastor here by 1799, opened Roberts Academy, First Baptist Educational institution in this state. Furman Institute followed in 1826, and later, the Southern Baptist Seminary.
Erected 1950 by Sumter County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 43-3.)
Location. 33° 59.144′ N, 80° 32.037′ W. Marker is in Oakland, South Carolina, in Sumter County. Marker is on Meeting House Road (State Highway 43-488), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located ½ mile East of North Kings Highway (State Highway 261) on State Road 43-488. Marker is in this post office area: Dalzell SC 29040, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 General Thomas Sumter Grave (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas Sumter (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Beech Creek / The Civil War Ends In S.C (approx. one mile away); General Thomas Sumter (approx. 1.1 miles away); General Sumter Memorial Academy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Church of the Holy Cross (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Church of the Holy Cross (approx. 2.2 miles away); Joel Roberts Poinsett (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Also see . . .
1. High Hills of Santee Baptist Church , Wikipedia entry. Its first pastor was Richard Furman, who went on to become one of South Carolina's most influential ministers, Furman University was named for him. (Submitted on February 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Reformed Reader. Richard Furman (Submitted on February 3, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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