Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home

Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home (HM2C0L)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.355', W 81° 2.702'

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This home's first owner was John R. Cornwell, an African American business man and civic leader who owned a successful barber shop on Main St. After his death, Cornwell's wife Hattie and daughters Geneva Scott and Harriett Cornwell lived here. From the 1940s until after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 they ran the house as a "tourist home" for black travelers. Harriett also taught at Waverly Elementary School. During the Jim Crow era, segregation gave African American travelers very few choices for restaurants or lodging. Many chose to stay in a network of private houses located across the South and nation. These tourist homes often relied on word-of-mouth, but many were also listed in guides such as The Negro Travelers' Green Book. This house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
HM NumberHM2C0L
Year Placed2014
Placed ByRichland County Conservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 495841 N 3762812
Decimal Degrees34.00591667, -81.04503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.355', W 81° 2.702'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 21.3" N, 81° 2' 42.12" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1713 Wayne St, Columbia SC 29201, US
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