The 2023 Horry County Museum Documentary Film Series concludes with Hallowed Ground: Primitive Camp Meetings of the South Carolina Lowcountry. This film explores various primitive religious camp meetings-the earliest founded in the late 1700s by the horseback evangelist, Bishop Francis Asbury, along with African American evangelist, Harry Hosier, who rode with him to conduct “brush arbor” worship services for white planters and those enslaved on their plantations. In the Dorchester County pine forests of South Carolina these camp-meetings have “tents” built and owned by long-standing extended families from their respective communities. The campgrounds are all located within a 20 mile radius of each other near St. George, SC. At five different times each year these camp-meetings draw more than 3,000 congregants from extended families and friends of families nationwide. These congregants stay for a week and are invited to the “tents” of family members, the worship services, and to enjoy the Southern home-cooked meals prepared 3-times-a-day on wood stoves in each tent during the seven days of camp-meeting. This film features the camp meetings of St. Paul, Indian Field, and Shady Grove.
The film is free to the public and will be shown at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 27th, at the Horry County Museum, located at 805 Main Street in Conway.