On Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina.
A grand, but plainly adorned, historic church that currently houses the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore. Located on a street named after a staunch defender of slavery, the church was led by visionaries, including Morris Brown, who were arrested for violating state law prohibiting free blacks and enslaved blacks from religious gathering without white supervision.
Read the plaque and know that the state law referenced, causing the church’s closure in 1834, was one that essentially banned all African-American churches. Nice.
Sometimes I can understand a people’s wariness of big government, but there are clear moments when and where “states rights” are just wrong and someone needs to right them, particularly where basic human dignity is at stake. That’s when big government (rightly-led) works, and needs to.