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St. Phillips Episcopal Church

St. Phillips Episcopal Church is the oldest church congregation in Charleston. The congregation was formed in the ladder part of the 1600s, as part of the Church of England. The original location of the church was at the corner of Meeting and Broad Street. The famous people that are buried in the church graveyard are Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, younger brother of John Rutledge.  Charles Pinckney, one of the signers of The United States Constitution, and Dubose Heyward, the author of Porgy. On the cemetery side of the church, is John C. Calhoun, United States Senator and Vice President of the United States. Furthermore, William Rhett, the “scourge of the pirates,” is buried in the cemetery as well. During the Civil War, a Union cannonball exploded in the church yard during the middle of the service, the service continued until completed. The current church structure was built in 1835, right after a fire had burned the building to the ground, they quickly rebuilt.

Posted on August 3, 2015

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