Four Corners of Law
No guide to Charleston is complete without a mention of this famous intersection of Broad and Meeting Streets, so named for its confluence of federal law (the Post Office building), state law (the state courthouse), municipal law (City Hall), and God’s law (St. Michael’s Episcopal Church).
That’s all well and good, but no matter what the tour guides may tell you, the phrase “Four Corners of Law” was actually popularized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Still, there’s no doubt that this intersection has been key to Charleston from the beginning. Meeting Street was laid out around 1672 and takes its name from the White Meeting House of early Dissenters, i.e., non-Anglicans. Broad Street was also referred to as Cooper Street in the early days.
Right in the middle of the street once stood the very first statue in America, a figure of William Pitt erected in 1766.
© Jim Morekis from Moon Charleston & Savannah, 4th Edition