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Welcome to a very special place representing a critical part of American history.  The Liberia Community, anchored by Soapstone Baptist Church, is an enclave of African-American culture and history established in 1865 by freed slaves. 

Given land in exchange for their labor, these men and women eventually established in northern Pickens County and adjacent Greenville County a community of hundreds of African Americans farmers and laborers.

Over the decades, residents were pulled from their lands by better economic opportunities up North and were pushed out by racism from the Jim Crow South.  Today, very few descendants remain, but those who do remain, or who have returned, invite you to experience the beauty and history of the place called Liberia.

Places to see: soapstone boulders (just outside the church)  with views of Table Rock and Caesars Head Mountains; the new Soapstone Baptist Church; one-room black schoolhouse (built in 1928 or 1929); historic Slave Cemetery. Other nearby sites to visit: Oolenoy Baptist Church and historic cemetery; Aunt Sue's complex; Table Rock State Park; Caesars Head State Park.

To support the community, Soapstone Baptist Church holds monthly fish fries on the third Saturday of every month (excluding November and December).  In addition, there is an oral history of the community (see History), and royalties from sales of the book also support the community.

Please explore our website, come up to the fish fry, learn more about African American history in the state and nation, and visit a beautiful part of South Carolina.


For more information contact
Mable Clarke
296 Liberia Road
Pickens, SC  29671

(864) 414-8470

Sunday Services - 11:30 am
 
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