Beth Shalom Cemetery

Beth Shalom Cemetery (HM2C0H)

Location: Columbia, SC 29205 Richland County
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N 33° 59.316', W 81° 1.463'

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In 1883 members of Columbia's Jewish community founded the Hebrew Cemetery Society of Columbia as an alternative to the Hebrew Benevolent Society's cemetery, which had been established in 1822. The organization purchased a 4-acre tract bounded by Indigo (Whaley), Lower (Heyward), Marion, and Sumter streets as a free cemetery for Hebrew burials. In 1896 the Society sold 3 acres to W.B. Smith Whaley for textile mill development. By 1911 the Society deeded cemetery oversight to the Beth Shalom (House of Peace) synagogue. Early burials included Orthodox Jews from Columbia and elsewhere. This site later became identified as a place specifically for synagogue members. As the Univ. of S.C. expanded in the 1960s it grew around the cemetery. Jewish migration into Forest Acres and fewer available plots here led to the creation of Arcadia Lakes Cemetery in 1995.
HM NumberHM2C0H
Year Placed2016
Placed ByHistoric Columbia, Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative, and Jewish Historical Society of SC
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Date Added Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497747 N 3760892
Decimal Degrees33.98860000, -81.02438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 59.316', W 81° 1.463'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 59' 18.96" N, 81° 1' 27.78" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 190 Marion St, Columbia SC 29205, US
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