African American History Site
City Directories and History:
The Rock Hill Record reported on July 16, 1908 – “Lightening yesterday started a fire at the Bethel African American church in Laurens. The building was completely destroyed. The fire department was unable to cope with the fire because of low water pressure and defective hoses. It was a complete loss with a value of $1,500., and no insurance.”
” Laurens landmark church fails to be maintained.”
City Directories and History: This historic church was constructed by local African American contractor, Mr. Columbia B. White, (1857 – 1945) in 1910. F.W. Williams served as the lead carpenter and foreman of the construction.
Trustees were: N.S. Torrence, S.A. Patterson, G.J. Thompson, B.J. Madden. W.L. McMorris and P.S. Glenn.
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