COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new state historical marker identifies a church founded by former slaves 144 years ago in Rock Hill.

The York County Culture and Heritage Commission and the Hermon Presbyterian Church are dedicating the marker Wednesday morning at the site of the church’s original building on Dave Lyle Boulevard. The ceremony is open to the public.

Hermon Presbyterian Church was established in 1869 and is the oldest black church in Rock Hill. The original church was built between 1901 and 1903 by members of the congregation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 and became a community center after a larger building was built on Heckle Boulevard in 1999.