Reconstructing Religion: The Presbyterian Experience (1865-1876)


By Jonathan Oh

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Daily at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM from April 8, 2013 until May 12, 2013

Location: Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street


Event Description

Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson’s calling to teach at the Presbyterian Seminary served as the catalyst for young Woodrow Wilson’s move to Columbia in 1870. This exhibit will highlight aspects of religion in Columbia during Reconstruction (1865-1876) including the post-emancipation emergence of separate African American churches such as Ladson Presbyterian. Wilson’s maternal uncle, James Woodrow, was an influential theologian in the southern Presbyterian Church and later involved in a dispute over his teaching of evolution at the Seminary. Artifacts on exhibit will include the pew used by the Wilson family at First Presbyterian Church and the Wilson family Bible. This exhibit is part of the regularly scheduled Robert Mills House tours on the top of the hour Tuesday 10 am – 3pm and Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Cost: FREE for HCF members | $6 for non-member adults | $3 for non-member youth. Exhibit on display through May 12!
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