Creator

James A. Neal

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Location

61 Wentworth, Charleston

City

Charleston

County

Charleston

Date of Founding

1842

Date of Photograph

1-1-2014

Description

Centenary United Methodist Church was built in 1842 and was originally the home of the Second Baptist Church. In 1866, the African-American members of Trinity Methodist Church left that church and purchased this building from the Baptists for $20,000 in gold. The Centenary congregation included many members of Charleston’s wealthiest African Americans, including the Weston, Wilson, Johnson, Mills, Brown, Sasportas, Hampton, McKinlay, Ransier, Holloway, Ryan, and Wigfall families. In the 20th century, Septima Poinsett Clark, prominent African-American educator and leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. She later directed citizenship schools for Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The church is included in the Charleston Historic District. Source: UMC, NRHP

Source

National Register of Historic Places

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
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