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"M" is for Moving Star Hall

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"M" is for Moving Star Hall (Johns Island). Located in the South Carolina lowcountry, Moving Star Hall provides an example of an antebellum “praise house” that served the slave community and later the freed people, as a center of social and cultural life. “The Hall,” as the people of Johns Island referred to it, featured intense all night “prayings” in an expressive and egalitarian worship style. Following emancipation, the Hall was the headquarters for the Moving Star Society, a fraternal order. In the early twenty-first century, the Hall served as a place of worship for an African American Pentecostal Church. The folkways of the people of Johns Island have been kept alive by the Moving Star Hall Singers who have shared the music of the Hall and stories of lowcountry life, with regional and national audiences.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.