Near Saluda in Saluda County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
In Pine Pleasant Cemetery, west of here, is the grave of Luther Rice, prominent Baptist clergyman and orator who organized American Baptists on a national scale for support of foreign missions and education. He traveled into all parts of the nation in his work, and his personal influence helped shape Baptist history.
Erected 1970 by Saluda County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 41-4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Saluda County Historical Commission marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 7.635′ N, 81° 44.867′ W. Marker was near Saluda, South Carolina, in Saluda County. Marker was at the intersection of Newberry Highway and Hollywood School Road (South Carolina Highway 41-44), on the left when traveling north on Newberry Highway. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Saluda SC 29138, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Butler Methodist Church (approx. 4½ miles away); Butler Family Graves (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lucinda Horn (approx. 5.1 miles away); Mitchell Hill Advent Christian Chruch New Chapel Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cane Break (approx. 6.4 miles away); Saluda County Stockyard and Livestock Market (approx. 7.9 miles away); Mr. Philemon B. Waters (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saluda.
More about this marker. As of May 2011, the marker has been taken down. According to the Saluda County Historical Society, the marker was taken down by deacons of Pine Pleasant Church to refinish it.
Regarding Luther Rice. To locate the church, travel west along Hollywood School Road from Newberry Highway. Turn at the first left (Pine Pleasant Church Road, SC 41-134) and travel about ¼ of a mile. The church and cemetery is on the right.
Also see . . .
1. About Luther Rice Seminary. In 1961, Dr. Robert Gee Witty, Pastor of the Central Baptist Church, presented the need for a seminary in Jacksonville, Florida to several Southern Baptist pastors. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Luther Rice. Luther Rice (March 25, (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Luther Rice by James B. Taylor. A mournful satisfaction is indulged by the biographer in surveying the history of him who forms the subject of this sketch. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Today's missionaries owe much to Baptist pioneer Luther Rice's work. Denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention and missions agencies such as the International Mission Board owe much of their existence to the groundwork laid more than 150 years ago by Baptist pioneer Luther Rice, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Mark Terry said in an annual faculty address in October. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Marker is missing.
As of March 15, 2011 the Luther Rice marker is missing. This has been reported to the state. No one seems to know the status of the marker, although there is road reconstruction in the area and the marker may have been moved temporarily for this construction activity.
— Submitted April 28, 2011, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey.
2. Marker Update - May 2011
I contacted the Saluda County Historical Society about the missing marker. They explained that the marker was taken down last fall by the deacons of Pine Pleasant Church. It is being refinshed and will be replaced.
— Submitted May 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
3. Founder of The George Washington University.
Luther Rice was the chief fundraiser for and the founder of Columbian College in the District of Columbia (1821), now The George Washington University (GW). GW's school of arts & sciences has retained the name Columbian College.
— Submitted June 29, 2011, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey.
As of March 25, 2013, marker is still missing.
— Submitted April 2, 2013, by Michael La Place of Passaic County, New Jersey.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,381 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on February 29, 2012. Photos: 1. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 2. submitted on July 6, 2011. 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 27, 2016. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.