South Carolina USA
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See also: New First Missionary Baptist Church - name was changed from Old First Baptist Church
A short distance down Highway 174 (just past Oak Island Road) is the pride of Edisto's African American community: Old First Baptist Church (circa 1818). The oldest church building on Edisto, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This church was founded by a woman, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend. Baptists had worshipped on Edisto since 1686, but there was no church. In 1811, Mrs. Townsend obtained the original church site and through her efforts the building was erected. In the late 1860s the trustees turned the church over to the predominately black congregation, which has operated it continuously to date.