Wesley Methodist Church

Wesley Methodist Church (HMJHT)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.264', W 81° 1.452'

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(Front text)
Wesley Methodist Church is the oldest African American Methodist congregation in Columbia. It was founded in 1869 by Rev. J.C. Emerson and was a separate black congregation instead of forming from an established white church. First called the Columbia Mission, it met upstairs in a Main St. building and later built its own chapel. About 1910 the Columbia Mission bought this lot and was renamed Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church.
(Reverse text)
This Gothic Revival church, built in 1910-11, was designed by noted Columbia architect Arthur W. Hamby, who designed other churches in Columbia as well as in Winnsboro, Bishopville, and St. Matthews. Its high-style Late Gothic design is relatively unusual for an African-American church of its period, and is notable for its two asymmetrical towers, decorative brickwork, and pointed-arch stained glass windows.
Marker Number40-146
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497765 N 3762644
Decimal Degrees34.00440000, -81.02420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.264', W 81° 1.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 15.84" N, 81° 1' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201-1203 Barnwell St, Columbia SC 29201, US
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