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Camp Welfare, Near Winnsboro
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Camp Welfare, near Winnsboro, photographed by Ernest Ferguson around 1950, was "the last surviving camp ground of Arbor and Tents" for African-Americans in South Carolina. Founded shortly after 1865 by African Methodist Episcopalians, the central structure of the meeting ground is the "arbor" (a roof supported by uprights), a survival of the "bush arbor camp meeting" that characterized the Second Great Awakening revivalist fervor of the early 19th century.


Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.

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