Let the Land Say Amen

04/21/2018 - 10:00am - 04/21/2019 - 4:00am

  Allison Creek Presbyterian Church presents its second annual festival centering around the life of Elias Hill, a formery enslaved man who led the migration of 166 freed slaves from York County, SC to Liberia during the Reconstruction Era. The group fled the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan in search of a better life and became pioneers in a new country. 

The festival brings to life the  rich history of the former Clay Hill comunnity, which grew up around Hill's Iron Works and Plantation. All the activities will be held on the grounds of ACPC, 5780 Allison Creek Rd, York, SC. Activities include guided tours by interpreters dressed in period clothing. This year's tours start in the sanctuary, built in 1854, where Rev. Elias Hill is delivering a sermon.

The tour weaves through two historic cemeteries to hear the stories of church founders and former slaves buried there and freed blacks who led the journey to Liberia. Also featured: Performances by various musicians and by choirs from two churches founded by freed blacks who left Allison Creek after the Emanciation Proclamation. Food conscessions. Period games, activities and ehibits for children and adults;a photo exhibit depicting the lives of the freed blacks who left for Liberia, as well as photos from the journey taken by church members to Liberia last year. On sale: Items made of reclaimed wood from the church's historic properties.

For more details, www.letthelandsayamen.com