Church Service at Plantation, South Carolina, 1863


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Image Reference
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Source
The Illustrated London News (Dec. 5, 1863), vol. 43, p. 561. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
A slave preaching to a congregation of slaves and the plantation owner and his family. The preacher was a house slave who could read but not write. This illustration is from a "sketch made in a rude chapel erected for the slaves" on this cotton plantation, near Port Royal, South Carolina. "The Methodist persuasion is the one which finds most favour among the slaves in the Southern as well as among the free Negroes in the Northern States" ( p. 574).