Monroe Boykin Park

Monroe Boykin Park (HM10ZN)

Location: Camden, SC 29020 Kershaw County
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N 34° 15.349', W 80° 36.742'

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In the 1798 city plan, this five-acre park was laid out as a public square. In 1900 the Seaboard Air Line Railway built a passenger depot next to it, on the SW corner of Chesnut & Gordon Sts. The city beautified the square to welcome visitors and named it Seaboard Park. After the depot moved in 1937, the area near it was named Seaboard Park. The present name, first given to an African-American suburb absorbed into Kirkwood, honors Rev. Monroe Boykin.


Rev. Monroe Boykin (d. 1904), born into slavery, became a community leader after the Civil War. After emancipation he was given two tracts of land nearby by the heirs of his former owner. In 1866 Boykin and other freedmen withdrew from Camden (First) Baptist Church to form Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Broad St. Boykin, its first pastor, served there for 34 years. He helped found many churches in Kershaw, Clarendon, Sumter, and Lancaster Counties.
HM NumberHM10ZN
Marker Number28-17
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCity Camden
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 535689 N 3790588
Decimal Degrees34.25581667, -80.61236667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 15.349', W 80° 36.742'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 15' 20.94" N, 80° 36' 44.52" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1615 Campbell St, Camden SC 29020, US
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