A South Carolina state historical marker now lies in the front of the oldest black church in York County.
Dozens of people converged on Hermon Presbyterian Church Wednesday for the marker’s dedication
The church was founded in 1869 by former slaves and is now the site of a community center.
Rev. Dr.John Pharr, who was ordained at Hermon Presbyterian nearly 55 years ago,says the idea that people should obey God instead of civil authorities paved the way for Hermon and other churches.
York County Councilman Bump Roddey says churches are the infrastructure and foundation of communities.
The new Hermon Presbyterian Church building opened on Heckle Boulevard in 1999.
The original building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1992. Its congregation was active in the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.