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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C6I_s-c-confederate-soldiers-home_Columbia-SC.html
The Confederate Infirmary opened here in 1909. S.C. was the last southern state to create a residence for indigent Civil War veterans. Legislation authorized space for two veterans from each county. The United Daughters of the Confederacy played a…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C6F_columbia-civil-rights-sit-ins-barr-v-city-of-columbia-1964_Columbia-SC.html
COLUMBIA CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-INS (FRONT) On March 15, 1960 five African American students from Benedict College - Charles Barr, David Carter, Richard Counts, Milton Greene, and Johnny Clark - were arrested after refusing to leave the lunch counter a…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C5U_booker-t-washington-school-booker-t-washington-high_Columbia-SC.html
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL The two-story main building at Booker T. Washington School, built in 1916, stood here until 1975. At first an elementary school with grades 1-10, it became Booker T. Washington High School with grades 9-10 in 1918, add…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C4E_benjamin-mack-house_Columbia-SC.html
Educator and civil rights leader Benjamin Mack (1916-1970) lived in this house from the late 1950s until his death in 1970. Mack was a graduate of Booker T. Washington H.S. and S.C. State Univ. He taught at Lower Richland H.S. in the 1940s where h…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C41_first-calvary-baptist-church_Columbia-SC.html
First Calvary Baptist Church descended from African American congregants who left First Baptist Church following the Civil War. These founding members, like many African Americans at the time, sought greater autonomy by breaking from white-control…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C3R_zion-baptist-church_Columbia-SC.html
Zion Baptist Church first organized in 1865 and met in a humble dwelling on Gadsden St. The congregation moved to this site in 1871. The current sanctuary, the second on this spot, was built in 1916. Zion Baptist has long served as a center for co…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C3P_shandon-presbyterian-church_Columbia-SC.html
Shandon Presbyterian Church began as Shandon Mission, which first met in Oct. 1913. By 1915, the Church had acquired title to a lot at the S.E. corner of Wheat and Maple Sts. and was incorporated the next year. The first sanctuary was completed in…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C3N_tree-of-life-synagogue_Columbia-SC.html
In 1896 members of 18 Jewish families assembled to worship at the Independent Fire Company's station overlooking Sidney Park. Organized as Etz Chayim (Tree of Life), this group's members embraced Judaism's Reform branch or liberal movement. In 190…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C0O_victory-savings-bank_Columbia-SC.html
Victory Savings Bank, founded in 1921, was the first, and for many years the only, black-owned bank in S.C. It was chartered by I.S. Joseph as president and I.S. Leevy and C.E. Stephenson as vice presidents, and opened at 1107 Washington St. in th…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM2C0M_beth-shalom-synagogue_Columbia-SC.html
In 1905 disagreements over religious practices divided members of Columbia's Tree of Life Synagogue. Jews embracing Orthodoxy formed a new synagogue, which they named Beth Shalom (House of Peace). Meetings were held in a private home on the corner…
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