Tracy Wells

Tracy Wells began mapping the religious diversity in South Carolina during the summer of 2003 while she was a student at Furman University. She updated previous research done in 2000 and 1998 by the project at Furman University. While most previous research has been conducted in the upstate, where Furman University is located, Tracy concentrated on the midlands, specifically the capital of Columbia, which appeared to be the most religiously diverse area in the state at the time. Previous researchers Benjamin Coleman and Melissa Peterson in 2000 and Alison Mills and Andrea Prevost in 1998 gathered some information on the Bahá’í community, Buddhist centers, Hindu temple, Islamic centers/mosques and the state’s only Sikh gurdwara in Columbia. Tracy updated this research and created additional profiles, interviewing spokespeople and attending religious services as a participant/observer.