Camp Welfare (Established 1876)

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Camp Welfare in Fairfield County was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Zion in 1876 so that African Americans, who previously had attended white churches with their masters’ families, could worship.

The camp earned its name from its role as a safe house for travelers who were said to have “fared well” during their stay along the road between Camden and Blackstock.

It was purchased in 1878 by five trustees and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The historic marker was unveiled and dedicated in August of 2003.