Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church

Hackett Ave. and James St., Greenwood, South Carolina

Historic African-American church in Greenwood, SC

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Mt. Pisgah AME Church and Magnolia Cemetery

Photo taken by Michael Miller

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Description 

Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church is a late interpretation of the vernacular ecclesiastical architecture of the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Exemplary of the widespread growth of independent black churches which occurred in the South both during and after Reconstruction, Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church has been an important influence on the religious and educational life of the black community of Greenwood. Erected in 1908 in the Gothic Revival style by members of the congregation, the brick church features typical Gothic details and is set on an enclosed basement. Architectural features of note include the steep, cross gabled roof with stepped end gables, the asymmetrical massing of the porch and tower, the 1/1 Gothic center pointed stained glass windows, the auditorium plan, and the flat coved ceilings of the interior. The interior is basicly symmetrical in plan and is exemplary of the auditorium form which was derived in the 1880s and 1890s to meet the needs of American Protestant worship. The original pulpit, altar, and balustrade with turned balusters and newel posts remain. The curving pews date to the 1880s and are not original to the church. Listed in the National Register August 16, 1979. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 16, 1979
Reference number
79002384
Architectural styles
Victorian; Other architectural type; Vernacular ecclesiastical
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1908

Update Log 

  • November 4, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview", Updated "GPS Coordinates"
  • November 4, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller

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