Praise Houses

centers of worship for slaves

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Praise houses are much in demand by visitors seeking a view of the African American culture which is prevalent in the Beaufort County area. Praise houses were the tiny structures built and used by slaves who were not allowed to worship with their masters. These houses were the center of many African American communities and were known for the loud singing and shouting in praise.

Several little houses remain standing in the rural areas. None are still in use. None are open for public view and cannot be found easily without a guide. Only a few knowledgeable local native guides will include one on a tour and invite visitors inside.

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