Calvary Baptist 152nd Anniversary Features Claflin University Concert Choir

Claflin University Concert Choir will appear in a concert celebrating the 152nd Anniversary of Calvary Baptist Church, 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the church, 620 Rutledge Avenue. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy are concert honorary chairs. Arthur Evans, Sr. is the pastor. Listed as a MOJA Festival event, the concert is free and open to the public. For more concert information, call 843.723.0069 or visit

“I encourage all to attend this world-class performance of classical, popular and gospel music. As part of MOJA, we hope this concert will further the cultural vibrancy of our city, while enriching the lives of the young performers from Claflin University,” Mayor Tecklenburg said. Tecklenburg, an accomplished pianist, will open the concert with a musical rendition on piano.

Claflin University was founded in 1869 in Orangeburg, S.C.  The Claflin University Concert Choir has performed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and made concert appearances in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia. The choir also performed during the first and second inaugurations of former SC Governor Nikki Haley. Under the direction of Dr. Isaiah McGee, the choir performs nearly 100 concerts annually.

“This anniversary concert is expected to draw a large audience of music, education and alumni enthusiasts,” Evans said. “We’ve worked closely with Ms. Donna Harris, President of the Charleston Alumni Chapter of Claflin University.” Barbara V. Nelson and Deacon Leonard Stanfield, co-chair the church’s anniversary committee. To accommodate a large turnout, the parking lot at the corner of Huger Street and Rutledge Avenue will be available for the concert event.

Calvary Baptist Church was founded October 8, 1865. The original name of the church was The Baptist Church in Charleston, however to distinguish it from other Baptist churches, it was also called the Colored Baptist Church. Several other local African American Baptist churches eventually emerged from the 1865 charter.

The anniversary celebration will conclude with a service at the church, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8. Rev. Dr. Herbert L. Temoney, of Greater St. Luke AME Church, will be the guest speaker.

For additional information, email the church at [email protected] or call 843.723.0069.

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