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This historic church cemetery is still active and well maintained.
St. Paul CME church had its origins in 1857 when a group of slaves on the Dickson Plantation, which is a short distance from the present location of St. Paul, expressed a desire to fulfill their Christian yearning and to worship God in an organized manner. Since they were the property of David Dickson and his mother, it was necessary for them to receive permission before worshipping. The Dicksons granted permission, and a group of slaves began worshipping under a brush arbor on the Dickson Plantation sometime in 1857. This event has been described as part of the oral history of the church and in the family Bible of John Edd Dickson (1843-1921), who is buried in the cemetery.
In the 1870's, the church founders purchased land to enable the congregation of former slaves to move their worship from the brush arbor to a more suitable location and to provide for the burial of their dead. The deeds named Julia Frances Lewis Dickson (Amanda America Dickson's mother), Gilbert Castleberry, John C. Lewis (Julia's brother), Boston Dickson, and Washington Warthen as trustees for the Cherry Hill Church and School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
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