Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Mt. Zion Methodist Church

Marker ID: SCHM 43-39
Location: 130 Loring Mill Rd., Sumter, SC
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 55.145    W 080° 23.591
  33.91908333    -80.39318333
Style: Free Standing **


This church, with its origin in a brush arbor where services were held during the Civil War, was formally organized in 1873 with a Rev. B. James as its first pastor. Col. James D. Blanding sold the trustees a small parcel to build their first permanent church, a frame building; church trustees bought additional acreage in 1883. The first Mt. Zion Methodist Church burned in 1913.

The present church, also a frame building, replaced the first church. The cornerstone was laid in 1914; later renovations included the application of brick veneer in the 1980s. Rev. Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985), who was pastor of Mt. Zion 1975-1982, was a civil rights activist and state senator 1983-85 and the first African American in the S.C. State Senate since 1886.

Erected by the Sumter County Historical Commission, 2008