Friendship AME Church & Cemetery / Bell Street Schools

This church held its first services in a nearby brush arbor shortly after the Civil War and was formally organized in 1880. Trustees purchased this 3-acre lot and members and friends built a frame church here, naming their congregation Friendship AME Church. The present brick church on South Bell Street was built in 1937. The cemetery here includes graves of veterans of American wars from World War I to Vietnam. The congregation also founded Friendship School on Bell Street.

KEYWORDS: BRUSH ARBOR, FRIENDSHIP SCHOOL, CLINTON, LAURENS COUNTY