Love Where You Live
Did you know.?.?.
That St. Helena (Saint Elena) is the oldest land mass in the US bearing a European Name?…15 miles from our Church is Beaufort, the second settlement in the US (1514) behind St. Augustine (1512)?…15 miles away on Parris Island the first Protestants (Huguenots) came here in 1652?…The articles of Secession were first signed in Beaufort then Columbia? (It is rumored that they were actually signed under the large Oak tree in front of our parsonage)…The Emancipation Proclamation was first read in the Baptist Church of Beaufort?…Slaves freed and first school for slaves started at Penn Center 5 miles from our Church?…The First school for freed slave girls at Mather School 15 miles away?…Blackbeard is reported to have frequented and buried his treasure on these islands?…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. composed his famous “I have a dream” speech at Penn Center?…40 acres and a mule were given to freed slave families here?…The storm of 1893, among the worst recorded in America, 2,000 – 6,000 drowned?…God wants and needs the 6,600 people who live on St. Helena?…4,300 cars pass our Church each day?