Last Monday my "Beyond the Grave" students didn't have to walk far to visit a beautiful, historic Charleston church and graveyard.
Bethel United Methodist Church, at the corner of Pitt and Calhoun streets, is a stone's throw from CofC's Addlestone Library. The church dates to 1797 when a wooden church was erected. That church was moved across the Calhoun Street in the mid-19th century. It was replaced by a large white columned church, which continues to serve Methodists in and around the Holy City.
Hard to believe, but findagrave.com says there are more than 500 people buried there. A number of headstones are propped up against the church walls and along the wall of an adjacent parking lot. So perhaps the graveyard used to be larger.
Bethel, despite its size, has much to offer a taphophile like myself. There is a rich array of 19th century grave sites, which include a Confederate general.
The imagery my students photographed and documented in their blogs includes roses, tulips, weeping willows, crowns, crosses, angels and lambs.
The recent time change allowed us to visit before it became dark, as my class begins at 6 p.m.