Palmetto Cemetery Association Fights to Preserve a Forgotten Piece of Black History

The Palmetto Cemetery, a 17.10-acre parcel of land located at 5105 Fairfield Road (across from the Food Lion shopping center).

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In our continued efforts to educate the public about black history in South Carolina outside of Black History Month, we bring this segment of Beyond February to you with the purpose of sharing a piece of our history and to ask for your help.

The Palmetto Cemetery was established in 1920 and was one of the first cemeteries in the city where African Americans could be laid to rest. Throughout the decades it was a treasured jewel in the black community. Now, times have changed and it has been mostly forgotten except for a chosen few who are dedicated to making sure our loved ones are resting in a beautiful place that friends, family and lovers of heritage can enjoy when they come to visit.

The Palmetto Cemetery Association was created in the 1940s to assist in the management and beautification of the cemetery. The association acquired the ownership of the cemetery through a deed when the cemetery changed ownership.

I recently visited the cemetery and spent some time with Harold White the Executive Directory of the association to find out more about this historical place and the challenges that they face in keeping the final resting place of many of our ancestors beautiful.

Contributions should be mailed to: The Palmetto Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 2223, Columbia, SC 29202. To join the Palmetto Cemetery Association or for more information about the next meeting, call Harold White at (803) 606-1890.

Michael Bailey is the founder of The MinorityEye and serves as the Chief-Curator of Information. He leads the editorial staff and works as a multimedia journalist who specializes in producing news stories and personal profiles that highlight the cultural, social, economic, and political experiences of minorities living in South Carolina and beyond. His extensive media, business, and political background has made him a well-respected voice and an often sought-after commentator on issues impacting people of color.

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