Let the Land Say Amen Festival

5780 Allison Creek Rd
York, SC 29745

803-366-1302

Historic Grounds of Let the Land Say… Amen is a festival interpreting the history of Allison Creek and the Clay Hill Community.

The 2017 Inaugural Festival explored the life in the Clay Hill Community during the middle to late Nineteenth Century. It was held on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th in York County, South Carolina on “Common Ground-at Allison Creek” which includes the historic Allison Creek Presbyterian Church (built in 1854) and two historic cemeteries.

Clay Hill Graveyard served as a burial ground for former slaves and free African-Americans while Allison Creek Cemetery holds the remains of Civil War soldiers, church founders and their descendants.

While these burial grounds represent a time of division, “Let the Land Say…Amen” aspires to create a different future. Through guided tours, a photo exhibit, music, historical interpretation, children’s games, lectures and discussion, the festival aims to foster in residents a sense of the land’s collective history.

The event took place on the 146th anniversary of a brutal attack that was meant for bad but that eventually resulted in great good, joining former slaves and former slave owners to rally and pursue legal action that chased the KKK out of SC. The Ku Klux Klan violently attacked blacks, including Rev. Elias Hill, a leading advocate of equal rights for the Freedmen in the Clay Hill community. Hill lead black community members to a new Freedmen settlement in Liberia. The festival will close with the dedication of a state historic marker commemorating Rev. Hill and the Liberian migration. Significantly, this will be the first state marker to acknowledge the horrific legacy of the Ku Klux Klan.Alliston Creek

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