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
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
Baptist Church and historic cemetery;
Aunt Sue's complex;
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.