If there was any question

31 07 2014

about flooding on Morris Street at Dereef Park, these photos should answer it without any doubt. At the intersection of Dereef Ct. & Morris St. the water is around 18″ to 24″ deep in the street.  The heavy rain began about 3 hours into a receding tide. Took these photos around Low Tide.



Looking West toward the intersection of Smith & Morris


Looking East toward intersection of Jasper & Morris. There is water under the Praise House.


Lift the Lowcountry

30 04 2014

On May 6, 2014, Coastal Community Foundation will present a special day of giving in the Lowcountry. Through the generosity of special donors, gifts to selected non-profits in education and the arts will be matched, expanding the impact of each gift and creating the opportunity for a truly transform.   Visit http://lowcountrygivingday.org/ and check out the participating nonprofits.

Neighborhood Flower Sale

30 04 2014

Come join Friends of DeReef Park and the United Order of Tents from 11am until 4pm this Saturday, May 3rd for a Mother’s Day flower and boxed lunch sale at the United Order of Tents building on 73 Cannon Street.

  • Paint a pot and choose a plant for that special Mother in your life
  • Grab some lunch and catchup on building activities with the ladies of the United Order of Tents
  • Pick up several local plants to include in your garden

Neighborhood Flower Sale

Halloween Carnival!

29 10 2013

Hi Neighborhood Friends!

Come out to Simonton Park on Morris Street for some Halloween Fun on October 31st from 4 – 7. Enjoy carnival games, grilled hot dogs, and good neighborly fun! Dress up and bring a friend, pets, and definitely the kids. Please forward the email along to your local neighborhood association group or church. Fingers crossed we have great weather!

Spook to you later

Dereef Park Church Service

26 01 2013

Dear Friends,

Shiloh AME at 172 Smith Street is hosting a Prayer Service on Sunday, January 27th at 1:30 pm to remember and honor those who worshipped in the DeReef Park Church (United Missionary Chapel). Over a week ago, the church began its journey to transition from a house of worship to a community center. The church holds a special place for many people within the community. and several people have commented that they worshipped there as children. I invite each of you to come spend time with our community and to pay respect and offer blessings for a safe transition.

Please forward this email to friends and neighbors.

Your Neighbor,

Heather Templeton

Crumbling Historic Black Church to get New Look

21 01 2013

From WCSC Live 5 News – 20 Jan 2013
by Corey Davis

Rotted wood, holes in the wall and on the verge of collapse. The United Missionary Chapel in downtown Charleston sits empty in DeReef Park on Morris Street. Once a prominent structure in the black community, it will soon get a makeover.

“Its going to crumble unfortunately,” said Dana Campbell, member of Friends of DeReef Park.

The City of Charleston plans to renovate the church and members of the organization, Friends of DeReef Park are there to make sure its done correctly.

“Saving it as park would be the ultimate goal but in the meantime if its too late, if we could somehow preserve the chapel. That’s what I would like to do,” said Campbell.

Full report & video

Historic black church move under way in Charleston’s Dereef Park

16 01 2013

From Prentiss Findlay’s Post and Courier article (click the link for the complete article)

A church that is seen as a vital part of African-American history on the Charleston peninsula is getting a new home and a makeover, which has some neighborhood residents upset.
Workers and heavy equipment were on site Tuesday making preparations to relocate the crumbling church in Dereef Park.

Grace Beahm Post and Courier staff