Randolph Cemetery

Randolph Cemetery (HMJJ7)

Location: Columbia, SC 29201 Richland County
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N 34° 0.578', W 81° 3.126'

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Randolph Cemetery, founded in 1871, was one of the first black cemeteries in Columbia. It was named for Benjamin Franklin Randolph (1837-1868), a black state senator assassinated in 1868 near Hodges, in Abbeville County. Randolph, a native of Kentucky and a free black before the Civil War, had been a chaplain in the Union Army, an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau, and a newspaper publisher before he was elected to represent Orangeburg County in the S.C. Senate in 1868.

Eight other black lawmakers from the Reconstruction era are buried here: Henry Cardozo (1830-1886), William Fabriel Myers (1850-1917), William Beverly Nash (1822-1888), Robert John Palmer (1849-1928), William M. Simons (1810-1878), Samuel Benjamin Thompson (1837-1909), Charles McDuffie Wilder (1835-1902), and Lucius W. Wimbush (1839-1872). Randolph Cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
HM NumberHMJJ7
Marker Number40-133
Year Placed2006
Placed ByDowntown Columbia Task Force and the Committee for the Restoration and Beautification of Randolph Cemetery
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 11:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 495189 N 3763225
Decimal Degrees34.00963333, -81.05210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.578', W 81° 3.126'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 34.68" N, 81° 3' 7.56" W
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Area Code(s)704, 803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia SC 29201, US
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