Representative John Boston. Born into slavery about 1832 in present day Lamar, S.C., Rep. John Boston was a self-employed farmer as noted in the 1880’ Census in the township that bore his surname during the Reconstruction Era – Boston Township.  In 1865, Rep. Boston founded the Lamar Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, currently known as John Wesley United Methodist Church, for freedman in that township.  The first service was held under a brush arbor and the first sanctuary was built in 1866.  In addition to ministerial duties, he was known as a land purchaser, school trustee, and community supporter.  Because of his community service and business acumen, he was twice elected to the S.C. House of Representatives – 1868-1870 and 1872-1874.  During his tenures in the House of Representatives, he endorsed the children of his constituents desiring higher education at the state’s premiere school– University of South Carolina – such as R. Marcus Dubose in December 1869’.  To ensure judicial integrity was administered within his community, his endorsement by signature for Trial Justice Nominee Brother Saverance is evident.  He was also a supporter of the State’s Republican Hegemony or Leadership as well as Civil Rights for freedmen.  He was married to Lucy A. and they had eight children; Henry, Cornelius, George, Ronnie, Jane, John H., J. Johnson, and Mary.

 

 

 

 

                 

               Representative John Boston.

             Photo courtesy of Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture.

and S.C. Dept. of History and Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darlington County during the Reconstruction Period – note Boston Township.

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S.C. Senatorial and House of Representative Appointments –  Marion Star December 8, 1869’.

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               Letter of Matriculation endorsing R. Marcus Dubose to attend USC.

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Rep. John Boston’s endorsement of Trial Justice Nominee Brother Saverance to S,C, Governor Franklin J. Moses, Jr..

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During the state's 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, Rep. John Boston's Church, John Wesley United Methodist Church, was honored with a Historical Marker. The first church burned down in 1906 and was replaced by the present Gothic Revival Building. In 1916, the church's trustees donated a half-acre of land for the construction of Lamar Colored School, which later became Spaulding High School. On the site's Historical Marker, it notes the Rep. Boston is buried in the church cemetery.

 

 

John Wesley United Methodist Church - early 1900s.

Coutesy of Darlington County Historical Commission

 

John Wesley United Methodist Church - about 1981.

Coutesy of Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture.

 

 

John Wesley United Methodist Church - side 1.

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John Wesley United Methodist Church - side 2.

Coutesy of Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture.

 

 

 

 

 

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