St. Peter’s AME Church – Walterboro, South Carolina

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St. Peter’s AME Church was founded 1867, built in 1870, and remodeled in 1952. The African Methodist Episcopal, or AME, denomination was founded in 1787 by former Delaware slave Richard Allen, for whom Allen University in Columbia was named. The AME denomination was established to counter racism practiced in the Methodist church towards slaves and freed blacks before emancipation. Allen and others brought the AME denomination to the South during reconstruction, where it flourished.

St Peters AME Church

Parker Renaud of West Columbia, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This Gothic Revival building was constructed in four sections and features a pyramidal steeple. It is located in Walterboro, which is the the county seat of Colleton County.

St. Peter’s is listed in the National Register. It is part of the Walterboro Historic District, which is described as follows:

The Walterboro Historic District is a significant collection of properties located near the center of the town of Walterboro. The majority of the properties in the district were constructed between ca.1800 and ca.1945 and represent a wide range of nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular design. The district is primarily residential in character, but also includes religious, educational, and public buildings. The visual appearance of the district reflects the historical development of the town, which was one of several South Carolina pineland villages settled during the early nineteenth century by planters in search of a healthful climate.

St. Peter’s AME Church Info

Address: 302 Fishburne Street, Walterboro, SC 29488

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2 Comments about St. Peter’s AME Church

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 6th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Dear Reverend Cryer,

Thank you so much for writing! We would so love to learn more about the church. There is very little info available for it in books or online. We really struggled with this one. If you have anything else you could add – about its history or its congregation – we would love to hear! Thank you again for writing us!

Reverend Eugene Cryer, Jr.No Gravatar says:
September 5th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for posting St. Peter’s AME Church on your web site. I was blessed to be the pastor at St. Peters AME Church for 14 years. We were selected to be a part of the movie hit “Radio” that was filmed in Walterboro, SC. Thank you again.


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