“In My Trials, Lord, Walk with Me”: What an Antebellum Parish Register Reveals about Race and Reconciliation explores this world through the eyes of the antebellum register of Saint Andrew’s Parish Church, the era’s official logbook of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials.
Not only does the register reveal historical surprises, it also documents the relationship between two Anglican churches named St. Andrew’s located not far from each other on Ashley River Road. One, the parish church built in 1706 and the oldest surviving church still used for regular worship south of Virginia (Old St. Andrew’s), and one, which began as a plantation slave chapel to the parish church in 1845 (St. Andrew’s Mission), these institutions share a troubled past that could have torn them apart and left them strangers to each other. But just the opposite has occurred, and what a magnificent story it is.
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