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Easter Sunrise Service

When: Sun., April 5, 6:30 a.m. 2015

Everyone can agree that Charleston is famous for its rich history. While Old St. Andrews Parish Church and St. Andrews Mission Church have only been leading Easter services at Magnolia Plantation for six years, their relational history runs much deeper. According to Father Marshall of Old St. Andrews Parish Church, during the Civil War a man named John Grimke-Drayton served as both the church's rector, and owner of Magnolia Plantation. During America's peak of racial tension, Grimke-Drayton opened several primarily African-American churches in the area so that everyone would have a comfortable place to worship. One of those churches was St. Andrews Mission Church. These two churches will come together and offer an Anglican Easter service on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. It may be a bit early for most of us, but the costs of rolling out of bed when the sun is still down are few compared to the benefits. "The service it out by the banks of the river and the sun comes up over the water and behind the altar," says Father Marshall. "It's beautiful." After the service, those who attend will have free admission to Magnolia plantation all day. You and your family are welcome to have a picnic, roam the grounds and enjoy the azaleas, or grab breakfast at the Peacock Cafe, opening at 8:30 a.m. Parking for the service will be free.

Sarah Eastwood

Price: Free

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