Historic Old Bethel AME Church in South Carolina Vandalized After Being Featured on Hit Netflix Show “Outer Banks”

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A historic South Carolina church where scenes from the new hit Netflix show “Outer Banks” were shot has suffered from a spree of vandalism as fans from the show are beginning to travel to the site. 

Rev. Francis McPherson is raising his voice against the ongoing destruction of the Old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in McClellanville that he says began after the “Outer Banks” premiered on April 15.

“In the last couple weeks, there’s more traffic and we have much more problems than we had in the past,” McPherson told WCSC.

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“We don’t have a problem for them to stop by and look at the church. But when you start breaking the windows and breaking the doors, then it’s a problem for us.”

People have broken windows, busted doorways and written the name of one of the series’ characters on the front door of the historic church, he explained.

The pastor added that some have trespassed inside the church to take pictures for social media.

The historic structure, owned by Bethel AME Church, was built in the early 19th century and was last used for service in the late 1970s.

“[Built] in the 1800s, it is still standing,” McPherson said.  “We treasure this building.”

Though set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the show was shot in South Carolina from May 1, 2019, to Oct. 9, 2019, according to IMDB.

In the show, a lead character named John B (played by Chase Stokes) takes another lead character named Sarah Cameron (played by Madelyn Cline) to his “secret place.” The “secret place” is the church’s property.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar

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