Jerusalem Baptist Church, located at 6th Street and Laurens Avenue in Hartsville, is one of the oldest African-American churches in Darlington County. Organized after the Civil War, its first church service was held in a brush arbor on Snake Branch, a creek near E. Carolina Avenue. Jerusalem’s first permanent church, a log building, was built at this location. In 1898, Jerusalem’s Trustees acquired the current site and built the present church in 1907. The congregation was chartered in 1908. The church, a frame building, was described as “a splendid achievement” when it was covered in brick veneer and rededicated in 1939. During the Great Depression, Jerusalem boasted a membership of more than 350 members. Reverend Henry H. Butler was the pastor until his death in 1932.
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