In the late 1930s, Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers began creating an inventory of church archives throughout South Carolina. Along the way, they collected information on the architecture of each church, the church history, and listings of any known church records. These original inventory sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the South Carolina Library and other institutions, and they were recently digitized by the Digital Archives Department at the University of South Carolina. First-time visitors can browse through the church archives, or they can perform detailed searches if they are looking for something specific. Drop-down menus on the site allow visitors to also browse African American churches specifically. For anyone with an interest in religious history, African American studies, or South Carolina history, this site is particularly valuable.
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