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The Chapel of Ease in St. Helena Island, South Carolina is a historic site, despite being in ruins today. It was built in the mid 1700s, around 1742 to 1747. The chapel was constructed in the island because the local plantation slaves find it difficult to attend services regularly, with the churches being on Beaufort. The chapel provided a place of worship on the island.

During the Civil War, the church became abandoned as the planters evacuated from the island. This gave the locals an opportunity to get educated. As the evacuation put the slaves in an awkward place (as the abandonment meant that they were no more enslaved, but the war meant that they?re still technically not free yet), the Northerners took advantage and educated them instead.

Destroyed in 1886 by a fire, what remains to the old Chapel of Ease today are its tabby walls.
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