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Let the Land Say... Amen - A Historical Festival

Bluegrass, Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, 5780 Allison Creek Road in York, presents a festival on Saturday, May 6th, that centers around the life of Elias Hill, a formerly enslaved man who led the migration of freed slaves from York County to Liberia after facing acts of terrorism by the Ku Klux Klan during the Reconstruction Era. The festival will bring to life the rich history of the formally known Clay Hill Community, which grew up around Hill’s Iron Works and Plantation. The main event runs from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, May 6th and includes: • Guided tours of the church and its historic cemeteries with costumed interpreters; • Period games for kids; • a concert and lecture by renowned banjo player and historian Bob Carlin; • a short film on the history of Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1854 by the enslaved, and the church’s recent visit to Liberia; • food concessions and more. On Sunday, May 7th, the church will hold an outdoor service at 10 a.m. (weather permitting). At the close of service, a state marker will be unveiled commemorating Elias Hill and the Liberian migration. This marker is the first state marker to mention the Ku Klux Klan. This festival is made possible by a grant from the SC Humanities, which has a mission to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians.