Bull Swamp Baptist Church Historic School Preservation Project

Restore, Repurpose, & Resurrect!!!

Bull Swamp Old Schoolhouse


Midlands Give is helping with fundraising for our Old School Community Center Project! Your giving won’t be matched after May 3, but will still benefit our project: https://www.midlandsgives.org/bullswampbaptistchurch

See video here from our Facebook page:  Midlands Gives Day.       


Bull Swamp Colored School

On January 23,1959, Orangeburg School District 5 deeded the Old Schoolhouse to the Bull Swamp Baptist Church to be used as a Community Center. Trustees Dave Dantzler, Henry D. Fersner, Jr., and Frank Pimble signed the deed, transferring ownership of the schoolhouse to the Church. Gabriel Pimble, the Church Clerk, witnessed the signing.

In September of 2020, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, entered into a 50/50 Matching Grant partnership with the Church to complete the planning phase of our Community Center Project. The $62,000 award requires the Church to contribute $31,000 on or before November 30, 2021. However, we expect to begin Phase Two – the stabilization and renovations process – in 2022. Therefore, our fundraising efforts will continue until the completion of the project.

At this time, we solicit the spiritual and financial support of our members, friends, and especially the former attendees of the Bull Swamp School and their families, in our quest to restore a 62-year-old commitment. The Community Center will provide opportunities for multiple activities and services to enrich the lives of residents of surrounding communities.  Thank you in advance for your continued financial support. All contributions are tax deductible. 


Bull Swamp Old Schoolhouse                             Proposed Bull Swamp Old Schoolhouse Community Center



FROM SEGREGATION TO JUSTICE: The J.A. & Mattie De Laine Lecture Film Series

Based on a True Story! “From Segregation to Justice” The J.A. & Mattie De Laine Lecture Film Series will portray the events that led to the landmark court case of Briggs V. Elliot. Witness a story of true courage and love through the perspective of J.A. & Mattie De Laine. Sponsored by The Call Me Mister Program of Clemson University and in collaboration with the Division of Inclusion and Equity, Clemson University with the Briggs – De Laine – Pearson Foundation, and consultation from the Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum. Portions of this film will also feature the Historic Bull Swamp Church and School of Orangeburg SC, Historic Liberty Hill Church, and St. Mark AME Church of Summerton SC! View the teaser trailer below. Movie to be released on October 18th, 2022 at Clemson University!

See the link below for a teaser trailer of this important historical documentary.





Deacon Wilfred L. Pace, Project Manager

Dr. Emma Caldwell-Dykes, Grant Writer/Governmental Liaison

Reverend Dr. Ephriam D. Stephens, Pastor