Near Lake City in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Cooper's Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church
Cooperís Academy, built in 1905-06, was a private boarding school for the black children of this community until 1927, and a public school 1927-1958. Founded by Moses Cooper, H.J. Cooper, and Ada E. Martin, it was first called Cooperís Academy, Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Youth. The school closed in 1958 when black schools at Battery Park and Cades were consolidated.
Bethesda Methodist Church, founded in 1879, was organized in a brush arbor. Its first permanent church, a one-room sanctuary built about 1884, stood 1/4 mi. W. The congregation bought a two-acre site here in 1893, and soon built a one-room frame church. The church was rebuilt in 1971, during the pastorate of Rev. J.B. Bowen.
Erected 2009 by Cooper Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church History Committee. (Marker Number 45-15.)
Location. 33° 45.72′ N, 79° 40.379′ W. Marker is near Lake City, South Carolina, in Williamsburg County. Marker is on Cade Road (State Highway 512) just from Meadow Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 Cade Road, Lake City SC 29560, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 11 miles of Browntown (approx. 5.7 miles away); Indiantown Presbyterian Church: “Disarm in the Most Rigid Manner” (approx. 6.9 miles away); Indiantown Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Lake City (approx. 8.9 miles away); Greater St. James A.M.E. Church (approx. 9 miles away); Hannah (approx. 10 miles away); John Witherspoon (approx. 10.6 miles away); Captain Roger Gordon (approx. 10.6 miles away); McClary Cemetery (approx. 10.8 miles away); Stephen A. Swails House (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
Also see . . .
1. Lake City Church to Unveil Historical Marker. Bethesda United Methodist Church and the Cooperís Academy Historical Committee will dedicate and unveil a South Carolina Historical Marker on Oct. 3. (Submitted on February 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Church Unveils Historical Marker in Cades. Maggie Glover said when you donít know whence youíve come, itís extremely difficult to move forward. (Submitted on February 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches, Etc. • Education •
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