First Union African Baptist – Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

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Located just south of Hilton Head on Daufuskie Island, the First Union African Baptist Church dates back to 1881 and is the oldest building on the island.

First Union African Baptist Church

Steven Smith of Charlotte, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was built on the grounds of Mary Field Plantation, a former cotton plantation owned by John Stoddard. In the early 1880s, Stoddard divided the plantation into separate lots and sold 12 acres to freed slaves for the purpose of building a church and cemetery. The first church was constructed in 1881 and served the congregation until 1884, when it was destroyed by a fire. The current structure was completed in 1885 and continues to hold regular services.

The church is included in the Daufuskie Island Historic District.

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Address: School Road, Daufuskie Island, SC 29915

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Carolyn McMillanNo Gravatar says:
July 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I was baptised in Union Baptist church in Bamberg, South Carolina. I did not know that there was another Union Baptist church in existence in South Carolina until I stumbled upon this photo.

Brings back wonderful memories.


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