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Grits and Gospel in Historic Pendleton SC

Updated on February 28, 2018

Grits and Gospel

A Fundraiser for Pendleton Pride In Motion in Pendleton South Carolina

Grits and Gospel 2012 was held April 21 at the Pendleton Community Center. The music began 9:30 and continued until 12 with Jacky Manley, Sandra Gantt, Clemson University Gospel Choir, and Sorelle Trio. The grits were served from 10 to 11 offering a variety of toppings and pastries. In addition, PPIM unveiled the South Carolina bronze marker was installed at the community center recognizing The Hundreds. Over 100 Tickets were sold for $8 for adults and $3 for children under 8 yrs of age. PPIM is very fortunate to partner with Clemson University's Community Health Promotion Class under the leadership of Sarah Griffin. The students work very hard on this event as well as the Health and Heritage Trails.Grits and Gospel in Pendleton South Carolina is sponsored by Pendleton Pride In Motion, a non profit community organization. Pendleton Pride In Motion partnered with Clemson University's Community Health Promotion Class (HLTH 480).This event is a fundraiser for the Mission of Pendleton Pride In Motion to provide for a "Healthier" Pendleton including the sponsorship of a South Carolina Bronze Marker for "The Hundreds" recognizing African American Heritage in Pendleton and continuation of the PPIM $1,000 "Quality of Life" Scholarship to a deserving PHS Senior. It was decided that in 2013, the fundraiser will be a Walk-a-Thon instead of another Grits and Gospel. It is scheduled for April 13, 2013 and registration forms are available at The Palmetto Bank. The PPIM Walk-a-Thon was a big success and a lot of fun but I think some folks missed the Grits and Gospel. The 2014 Walk-a-Thon will be April 12.

Photo Credit: Grits and Gospel flyer designed by Clemson University Health Promotion Class. Photos from the 2012 Grits and Gospel by Jesse Von Fange and Nancy Hellams

2015 Health and Heritage Walk and History Tour at Doghouse

April 11 will find Pendleton Pride in Motion’s Health and Heritage Walk and History Tour a fun event for the entire family. The event begins at the Doghouse with walks designed for the young and young-in-spirit.

Scenes from Grits and Gospel 2012

PPIM and Clemson students prepare for Grits and Gospel 2012 - PPIM sure wouldn't attempt this event without the Clemson students help!

These students work very hard and help tremendously with our fundraisers.
These students work very hard and help tremendously with our fundraisers. | Source

Visitors to Grits and Gospel enjoyed the display on Jane E. Hunter - Thank you, Carol Burdette

Denise Jackson tells about The Faith Cabin during Grits and Gospel 2012

Built in the 1930s, this is one of the few remaining examples of the libraries built for African-Americans in South Carolina and Georgia by the Faith Cabin Libraries. The organization was founded by Willie Lee Buffington, a poor white mill worker from Saluda. Buffington went on to graduate from Furman and became a Methodist minister. His organization from the 1930s to 1950s started more than a 100 libraries with more than 200,000 donated books. Pendleton's Faith Library is one of only two still standing in SC.

The Official Bronze Marker for The Hundreds installed at Pendleton Community Center - during Grits and Gospel April 21, 2012

pendleton pride in motion
pendleton pride in motion

Our Entertainers were Great at Grits and Gospel! - Pendleton sure has some talented folks.

PPIM Grits and Gospel
PPIM Grits and Gospel

Great Food at Grits and Gospel - Thank you to all those who donated food and helped to prepare it

Grits and Gospel
Grits and Gospel

Scenes from Grits and Gospel 2011

PPIM Chairman Scott Ward tells about Grits and Gospel - at Old Silver Springs Church in Pendleton SC

CU's Community Health Awareness Class provided great signage at Grits and Gospel - This sign explains the "Quality of Life" Scholarship for a deserving Pendleto

Pendleton Pride In Motion
Pendleton Pride In Motion

Clemson University's Community Health Promotion Class and PPIM - A Great Team!

Powell Hickman, Chairman of PPIM"S Health and Wellness Committee talks with Dr. Sarah Griffin - Dr. Griffin"s Community Health Promotion Class at Clemson Univer

Clemson Students were busy serving food, giving out information and cleaning up. - These students were professional, enthusiastic, and willing to do whatever th

Clemson Students work hard at Grits and Gospel
Clemson Students work hard at Grits and Gospel

These students were very involved in the organizing and promotion of this event. I asked Dr. Sarah Griffin to describe this class and it's involvement with Pendleton Pride In Motion:The Community Health Promotion class at Clemson University is comprised of 34 Public Health Sciences and Language and International Health students. All of the students are Juniors or Seniors. This course focuses on participatory approaches to planning and implementing community health programs. The course emphasizes professional ethics, coalition building, collaboration, participatory assessment and evaluation, and special event planning. Through partnering with Pendleton Pride in Motion the students get a hands-on experience in helping a successful coalition with multiple health projects.

This fundraiser helped to pay for the South Carolina Bronze Marker for "The Hundreds" - Recognizing African American Heritage in Pendleton South Carolina

SC Bronze Marker for The Hundreds in Pendleton SC
SC Bronze Marker for The Hundreds in Pendleton SC

It is said that it was called "The Hundreds" because folks gathered there by the hundreds.

Old Silver Springs Baptist Church

Terence Hassan gives tours and history of Old Silver Springs Church - This church was built in 1874 and has recently been renovated.

The Historic Silver Springs Baptist Church

Newly renovated

The following information was taken from the Pendleton District Commission Website:In 1874, African-American Baptists in Pendleton founded Silver Spring Church. Many youth received their early education there, including Jane Hunter who went on to found the nationwide Phillis Wheatley Association. The church is located on Jackson Street in Pendleton, SC 29670. Churchyard contained 75 marked grave sites. The congregation's newer building is located on N. Mechanic Street.

Gospel Music Provided by Local Talent

PUMC Quartet - Pendleton United Methodist Church

Breazeale Grocery Store Boys Bluegrass Band - Led by Don Acevedo

Joyce and Don Porter - Joyce says "We just like to make a Joyful Noise"!

Sandra Gantt - Pendleton Town Council woman

Some Members of the New Holly Light Baptist Church Choir - Visit their website - see link below

Jacky Manley - Lifelong resident of Pendleton South Carolina

The Grits!

A Breakfast Bowl featuring your favorite topping shrimp, cheese, bacon or sausage with a fruit cup and your choice of breads, pastries, and coffee or juice.

Great Food combined with Fantastic Entertainment and wonderful folks - made for a very special morning in Pendleton SC

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Thank You, Sponsors!

Pendleton Bi-LoDyar's DinerPaul's RestaurantPalmetto BankDunkin DonutsHudson BagelsSarah Lee Thrift StoreTaco Bell

Grits and Gospel
Grits and Gospel

Thank You To All The Volunteers!

Thank you to the Reverend Jerome Williams of Silver Springs Baptist Church for blessing our food and this event. Thank you to all our entertainers who were each marvelous and so very talented. Thank you to Silver Springs Church and the Silver Springs Foundation as well as the Pendleton Foundation for Black Culture & History. Thank you to SOUP (Supper on Us Pendleton) & Thanks to Margie Welchel for cooking 15 lbs of grits. Thanks to the Grits & Gospel Volunteer Committee and the CU volunteers.

What Do You Think Of PPIM's Grits and Gospel fundraiser? - Join in the poll and let us know

Should PPIM's Grits and Gospel become an annual event in Pendleton South Carolina?

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    • OhMe profile imageAUTHOR

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @bbsoulful2: Thank you for visiting and I enjoyed your lens, too.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Looking back through the pictures and videos made me realize that I missed it, too.

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      6 years ago

      This is always a great event! I missed it this year, but hope it will continue and appreciate the volunteers who give their time and talents to make it a fun morning!

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      7 years ago

      This is a very uplifting lens -- it is nice to feature the hard work that people do for the Lord! Lensrolling to my lens, "My Favorite Praise and Worship Music."

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      7 years ago

      it was a wonderful event

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks for commenting Peggy. It sure was a fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Hopefully, we will do it again next year. Doc is feeling better and hopefully will be back to work in the near future. You may be interested in seeing the tribute page I did about him at A Tribute To Doc Hellams or you may have already seen it.

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      7 years ago

      The music was great,and the food looked awesome.Such a good cause for the town and people.Nancy thank you for all you do for Pendleton.I miss not living there.It will always be home to me.Great memories of family and friends and of course Doc.What would our town done without him.

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      7 years ago

      Grits and Gospel. Love that name. Go, Pendleton!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great cause and beautifully written.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great cause and a great group of folks, not to mention grits and fixins. I love grits! Great report!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nice...enjoyed listening to the music...blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Looks like a great time was had by all ~ So my vote is for it to be an annual event. :)

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      7 years ago

      Looks like it was fun Ohme. I love seeing your interviews about Pendleton and the happenings there.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: Michey, you are too kind. I really wasn't much help on this event but I did get there and take all these photos and videos. The committee did a super job, I thought. I love the idea!

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens and love the community spirit! Very inspirational!

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      Michey LM 

      7 years ago

      Nancy, do you ever rest? NO, NO, you are the most inventive and your love for the town is inspirational.Great lens about "P. happenings", i love to read about them!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @OhMe: Joan, Jimmy Manley has written some songs that Jacky sings. They are a very talented family.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @clouda9 lm: Thanks Correen. You are so sweet to keep reading about Pendleton. You will just have to come for a visit sometime!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Momtothezoo: This was the first one, Jeanie. If we have another one, we will have to get you to perform for us. Would you do that? Don and Joyce were wonderful. It was great to have them involved.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 

      7 years ago

      Joan, Jacky Manley surprised me but I almost fainted when I saw Joyce and Don Porter...Joyce and I have been friends since seventh grade and I have NEVER heard her sing...Help Us! Wish I had driven up for much fun!! Nancy, is this an annual thing?

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      I love reading about all your community events - always filled with such love and spirit.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: I love to hear him sing especially Buelah Land, which I had requested. He has done some recordings, I think.

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      7 years ago

      What fun! and I had no idea Jacky Manley could sing like that!! wow!

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      Laurel Johnson 

      7 years ago from Washington KS

      Oh YUM. The food sounded great and the day a joyful experience.Thanks for sharing the event.

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      7 years ago

      Geat new lens, Nancy. Pretty as a picture! You captured the spirit of the first G&G with flair!


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