Porter’s Chapel in Historic Port Royal, SC

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Porter’s Chapel in Historic Port Royal is a turn-of-the-century church established some time around the end of the Civil War.  African Methodist Episcopalian in denomination, the church has been slated for demolition in the past and is one of the few remaining relics in the area that point back to the community’s gullah past.  The church sits on the corner of Old Shell Road and 16th Street. Public officials, former members and preservationists have been fighting to save the structure since 2015.  Local legend says the church was brought over on a barge from Parris Island ca. 1903 to its present location.

Source: Port Royal church demolition tabled in an attempt to save historic building, Stephen Fastenau, The Beaufort Gazette, October 21, 2015

Photo credits: Fallon N. Green, The Gullah Guide to Downtown Beaufort

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