Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice

Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice (HM13H0)

Location: Columbia, SC 29204 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.434', W 81° 0.895'

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Waverly Five and Dime)

The Waverly Five & Dime, located here until about 1957, was managed 1945-48 by George A. Elmore (1905-1959), the African American plaintiff in a landmark voting rights case soon after World War II. Elmore ran this store and two liquor stores, and also worked as a photographer and cab driver. In 1946, when he tried to vote in the all-white Democratic primary in Richland County, he was denied a ballot.

George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice
In 1947 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued to end the all-white primary in S.C. Judge J. Waties Waring (1880-1948) ruled in U.S. district court that it was "time for S.C. to rejoin the Union." Blacks voted in the next S.C. primary, in 1948. As a result of the case, George Elmore endured numerous personal threats and economic reprisals that ruined his business
HM NumberHM13H0
Marker Number40-145
Year Placed2012
Placed ByHistoric Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:21am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 498622 N 3762958
Decimal Degrees34.00723333, -81.01491667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.434', W 81° 0.895'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 26.04" N, 81° 0' 53.70" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2327 Gervais St, Columbia SC 29204, US
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