The Lighthouse & Informer / John H. McCray

The Lighthouse & Informer / John H. McCray (HMNXR)

Location: Columbia, SC 29204 Richland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 0.614', W 81° 1.278'

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The Lighthouse & Informer
, long the leading black newspaper in S.C., was a weekly published here from 1941 to 1954 by journalist and civil rights advocate John Henry McCray (1910-1997). McCray, who founded and paper "so our people can have a voice and some means of getting along together," published articles covering every aspect of black life and columns and editorials advocating equal rights.
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John H. McCray
In 1944, after the S.C. General Assembly repealed laws regulating primaries and the S.C. Democratic Party excluded blacks from voting in them, John H. McCray helped found the Progressive Democratic Party, the first black Democratic party in the South. He was an editor for other leading black newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, then spent many years as an administrator at his alma mater, Talladega College. McCray died in Alabama in 1987.
Marker Number40-144
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 10:20pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 498033 N 3763290
Decimal Degrees34.01023333, -81.02130000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.614', W 81° 1.278'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 36.84" N, 81° 1' 16.68" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1509 Harden St, Columbia SC 29204, US
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