Greater St. James A.M.E. Church

Greater St. James A.M.E. Church (HMOXZ)

Location: Lake City, SC 29560 Florence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 51.995', W 79° 45.902'

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This church was founded in 1883 by a Rev. Hill and twenty-five charter members. Early services were held in a member's house on E. Main Street. The congregation purchased a lot at the corner of Lake and N. Church Streets in 1885 and built its first sanctuary, a frame building, that year. That church was renovated and enlarged in 1917. It was further renovated, adding a steeple, in 1948-50.

In 1951 Rev. J.A. DeLaine (1898-1974) was transferred from Pine Grove A.M.E. Church in Summerton after playing a leading role in Briggs v. Elliott, the Clarendon County school desegregation case that led to Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Unknown persons burned the church in October 1955. Rev. G. Lee Baylor was the pastor when a new sanctuary, named Greater St. James, was dedicated here in 1957.
Marker Number21-16
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Congregation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 4:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 614227 N 3748049
Decimal Degrees33.86658333, -79.76503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 51.995', W 79° 45.902'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 51' 59.70" N, 79° 45' 54.12" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 343 State Rd S-21-59, Lake City SC 29560, US
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