Mt. Canaan Baptist Church

Mt. Canaan Baptist Church (HM89H)

Location: Trenton, SC 29847 Edgefield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 40.117', W 81° 52.717'

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This church, founded in 1868, was one of the first black Baptist churches in this area. Alexander Bettis (1836-1895), a former slave, established this church with the assistance of three white ministers after the local Baptist association refused to ordain him. Mt. Canaan grew from seventeen charter members to more than 2,000 members in only three years.

This was the first of forty churches Rev. Alexander Bettis organized in Edgefield and Aiken Counties. He also founded Bettis academy in 1881. He served Mt. Canaan and three other area churches until his death in 1895, and is buried here. early services were held in a brush arbor. The original frame sanctuary was replaced by the present brick sanctuary in 1961.
HM NumberHM89H
Marker Number19-16
Year Placed2004
Placed ByMt. Canaan Baptist Church Congregation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 8:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 418546 N 3725760
Decimal Degrees33.66861667, -81.87861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 40.117', W 81° 52.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 40' 7.02" N, 81° 52' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2451 Edgefield Rd, Trenton SC 29847, US
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