Tucker's Grove was, during those dark days of segregation, the camp meeting for black folk. African-Americans weren't welcomed as participants in those days at Rock Springs and Balls Creek. A few did show up there--but only to provide services for the campers. Likewise, it was rare to see many white faces at Tucker's Grove.
Times have changed and Tucker's Grove has changed. Years ago, some of the food that was sold was cooked in washpots over open fires. The washpot cooked fish and chicken are long gone, but there's still plenty of food available.
Many of the campers prepare meals for themselves and friends in their 'tents' and enjoy socializing with people they haven't seen since camp meeting the year before.
At Tucker's on Sunday, I was pleased to see my old friend Sadie Derr. Originally from Denver, she now lives in Gastonia and has been attending Tucker's Grove longer than most campers have been alive. She'll turn 92 in December.
Sunday was Youth Day and the Sunday evening service featured music from the youth of Rock Hill and Tucker's Grove churches.
Services are being held nightly at 7 PM. There will be an 11 AM service and a 3 PM service on Sunday, the last day.
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