On the property of Allison Creek Presbyterian Church is the Clay Hill Graveyard. This cemetery was used in the 1800s for enslaved and free African Americans. We have renovated this cemetery in the woods and have been blessed to discover some of their stories including the story of Elias Hill. Elias’ mother Dorcas is buried in the cemetery. Elias developed polio at a young age and his body was significantly deformed. However, in 1840 his freedom and the freedom of his mother Dorcas was purchased by his father, believed to be a native African. Elias went on to become a Baptist minister, teacher, and civil rights leader. In 1871, the Ku Klux Klan targeted him but then he testified against the Klansman in front of a United States congressional committee leading to several convictions. Elias then led a migration of 166 from our area to Arthington, Liberia in Africa. The church now has a relationship with Liberia including the sending of several mission teams and financial support of community development projects. We have arranged for 2 historical markers to be erected on the church property. One marker is the first marker in the state of South Carolina to mention the terrorist activities of the Ku Klux Klan. Below is more in depth information including articles and news reports about this incredible story that impacts us today.