Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church (HM11VS)

Location: Sumter, SC 29150 Sumter County
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N 33° 55.05', W 80° 20.803'

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"From Bush Arbor to Brick and Mortar"


In 1866 soon after the Civil War an interracial Methodist organization was formed. They worshiped under a Bush Arbor near the railroad in South Sumter. After a few years they grew discontented with the organization and sought to form a newly introduced church called the African Methodist Episcopal Church. For a while they conducted services in the Sumter County Courthouse. Later they moved to a rented workshop building on South Sumter Street.


In 1869 $300.00 was raised to purchase the land on which the present church stands. On the foundation of faith, love and charity, the members built their first wooden church and named it Mount Pisgah AME Church. It was dedicated in 1870. The membership rapidly outgrew the church, and a larger and stronger church was built in 1900 in the same location. In later years it was brick veneered and twice renovated.
HM NumberHM11VS
Year Placed1993
Placed BySumter County Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 560388 N 3753200
Decimal Degrees33.91750000, -80.34671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 55.05', W 80° 20.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 55' 3.00" N, 80° 20' 48.18" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 217-299 W Bartlette St, Sumter SC 29150, US
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