Soapstone Baptist Church (School & Rock)
This is the oldest African American church in Upstate SC. It was formed in 1899 by freedmen who settled here after the War Between the States. (A.K.A. Little Durby Church
Soapstone Church, build in the 1860s, is one of the oldest African-American churches in the Upstate. A soapstone outcropping on the site gave the church its name. Church services are still held at Soapstone every Sunday morning at 11:30am.
Soapstone Church is well known for their fish fry and live music on the third Saturday of each month – public welcome – plan to enjoy!
About the Fish Fry:
Every third Saturday (except December) 12 noon until 8:00pm
The fish fry draws hungry people from around the area to enjoy fish, ribs, chicken and a wide assortment of vegetables, as well as desserts, lemonade and iced tea.
The cost is $10 and to-go plates are available. Additional donations are also gratefully accepted.
Mable Clark and her helpers fix up the meals each month and serve it up with a smile.
The church is located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens. Driving directions: Go north from Pickens on Highway 8, turn right onto Highway 288, turn left onto Liberia Road and the church is about 1 mile down on the right.
While you dine in the church’s Fellowship Building, you’ll enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the old soapstone mine from which the church draws its name.
Proceeds from the fish fry are used to keep the church going, as well as preserve the historic slave cemetery that was discovered on property adjacent to the church, according to Clark.
Volunteers helped clear the land, revealing the graves. Clemson University professors and members of the university’s Anthropology Club began mapping the grave sites several years ago.
- 296 Liberia Rd
Pickens, SC 29671
- (864) 878-3524
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