Historic Soapstone Baptist Church and grounds permanently protected

PICKENS — The six-acre property home to the historic Soapstone Baptist Church in Pickens County has been permanently protected through a conservation easement.

In addition to the church’s leadership, partners instrumental in the important conservation project include the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Upstate Forever and the Upstate Land Conservation Fund.

Soapstone Baptist Church was established more than 150 years ago in Liberia, a small community settled by formerly enslaved African

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