Jamestown (HMOYP)

Location: Florence, SC 29506 Florence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 12.831', W 79° 36.725'

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This African American community, which flourished here for 70 years, has its origins in a 105-acre tract bought in 1870 by former slave Ervin James (1815-1872). James, determined to own his own farm instead of being dependent on sharecropping or tenant farming, bought the tract from Eli McKissick and Mary Poston. His five sons and a son-in-law later divided the tract into individual farms.

Between 1870 and 1940 Ervin James's descendants and other area families purchased additional land, creating a rural community of about 250 residents. Among its institutions were the Jamestown Cemetery, dating from its earliest days; the Summerville Methodist Church (renamed Bowers Chapel), established about 1880; and the Summerville Elementary School, built in 1926.
Marker Number21-22
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe Jamestown Reunion Committee
Marker Condition
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 627853 N 3786738
Decimal Degrees34.21385000, -79.61208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 12.831', W 79° 36.725'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 12' 49.86" N, 79° 36' 43.50" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 719 Jamestown Rd, Florence SC 29506, US
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