Bernadette Salapare of Christian Daily writes that the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) laid a commemorative wreath at the Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Charleston, South Carolina. DAR has over 190,000 members who can all trace their lineage back to a Revolutionary War hero. DAR hosts one of the most extensive genealogical libraries in the United States.
The historic church dates back to 1706, and there was a 1780 battle in and around the church during the American Revolution. It is one of the oldest churches in the state still in use. The church later drew in freed slaves from the surrounding plantations in the years following the Civil War and has been slowly undergoing restoration.
According to ABC News 4, the ceremony will include the dedication of two historical markers placed at the location by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, between which the wreath will be laid. One of the markers is for the church, founded in 1706 and constructed that same year. The second historical monument memorializes the skirmish on and around the church grounds and the church creek on Mar. 22, 1780. The presence of a marker reportedly commemorates this event. This battle served as a precursor to the British taking control of Charleston in May 1780 and occupying the city for two years.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is recognized as one of the country’s most welcoming and diverse genealogical societies. It currently has 190,000 members among its 3,000 chapters in the United States and worldwide. There are no racial, religious, or ethnic requirements for membership; all that is required is for a woman to be at least 18 years old and be able to demonstrate that she is a direct descendant of a Revolutionary War hero.
The DAR National Headquarters takes up an entire city block in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to one of the most important genealogical libraries in the United States, as well as one of the most important collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington’s largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.