Isaac Peter Brockenton,.D.D.:  Born on May 19, 1828 in Sumter District , present day Lee County, into slavery, Isaac P. Brockenton was brought, with other members of his family, to Darlington County prior to the Civil War, where he continued his formal education, living on the Flinn Plantation owned by Dr. Henry Kirk White Flinn and his wife, Ann Davis Ervin. It was determined by both that I.P. Brockenton had superior mental acumen allowing him free reign of their library, overseer of his enslaved brethren on the plantation, and trust.  Upon receiving his freedom, he continued his follow-on education at Richmond Theological Seminary.  Upon completion of his studies, he returned to the town of Darlington where he became founder, organizer, and first minister of Macedonia Baptist Church in the years between 1866 and 1868 and Bethesda (Union) Baptist Church, Society Hill, S.C.  He was a member of Darlington County's Delegation to the 1868' Constitution Convention. As a politician, he was considered a republican conservative or moderate by today's standard.  Because of his wise counsel, he always sought the "middle road" between two extremes sparing much bloodshed between negroes and whites during that period.  Dr. Brockenton also served as magistrate of the town of Darlington.   Dr. I.P. Brockenton died on January 6, 1908.  He was married to the former Martha Jackson and was survived by several children.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Isaac P. Brockenton

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Foremost a ministe, he was the founder, organizer, and first pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Darlington, S.C.  He served in that capacity for nearly 40-years. It is documented that Pastor I.P. Brockenton never forsook a calling from those that needed to hear a word from the Lord.  He often preached to congregants under brush arbor churches in the country districts of the county.  Under these brush arbors, he often taught them to sing, lining each verse from his hymn book and the congregation responded from memory.

 

 

Macedonia Baptist Church - Early 1900s.

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Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church - Present Day.

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He was also the founder of the Negro Baptist Convention of S.C. for which he served as president of the body for 40-years. He served as moderator for the Pee Dee Baptist Association and Board of Trustees Member for Benedict College in Columbia and Morris College in Sumter. 

 

 

Benedict College Emblem.

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Morris College Emblem

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Unlike most men of his period that gave into the temptation of politics, Rev. Isaac P. Brockenton forsook this urge by advocating education for the freedmen and their children.  Because of his lifelong devotion to education, he had a school named in his honor, Brockington Elementary School, in the city of Darlington, S.C.  

 

 

 

Brockington Elementary School.

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Brockington Elementary School Marquee Sign

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In the early 1900s, there came to Darlington the great Northern Philanthropist, Dr. Mayo. Through the efforts of Rev. Brockenton, Dr. Mayo became interested in the education of negroes in Darlington and made a substantial contribution to the cause. The present day Mayo High School was named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayo High School of Math, Science, and Technology Campus (Front View).

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Mayo High School of Math, Science, and Technology Campus Marquee and 2013' National Blue Ribbon School Award.

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Rev. Isaac P. Brockenton died in 1908. He was loved by all in Darlington and South Carolina for his contributions to the ministry and education for almost half a century. He was buried in Darlington Cemetery. Lastly, during the State's Bicentennial Celebration, the church he founded and shepherded was given a Historical Marker commemorating his devotion to the gospel and education.

 

 

Dr. Isaac P. Brockenton Grave Site and Obelisk Inscription.

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Macedonia Baptist Church Historical Marker.

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Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture

 

 

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