Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Little Zion Baptist Church

Marker ID: SCHM 40-201
Location: 8229 Winnsboro Road, Blythewood, SC
County: Richland
Coordinates: N 34° 10.298    W 081° 2.506
  34.17163333    -81.04176666
Style: Free Standing **


Little Zion Baptist Church

(Side 1)
The congregation at Little Zion dates to c. 1832, when enslaved individuals worshipped in white-controlled churches. After emancipation, these former slaves founded independent congregations like this one. A group led by Doctor Entzminger purchased the land where the church now stands c. 1886. In earlier years services were held under a brush arbor.

(Side 2)
Later, a frame sanctuary was built. In the past 130 years, Little Zion has had only five pastors. The longest pastorate was Rev. Abraham Chandler, who served for fifty years from 1887-1937. Under the leadership of Pastor Eddie W. Davis, the newest edifice was built in 1995 and added land was purchased. In 2016, a part of Winnsboro Hwy. was named for him in honor of all his accomplishments and service as pastor since 1983.

Erected in 2017 by the Little Zion Baptist Church.