Darlington Memorial Cemetery

Cemetery Road, Darlington, South Carolina

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Darlington Memorial Cemetery, Macedonia Baptist Church Section

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Darlington Memorial Cemetery, also known as the Darlington Community Cemetery or the Darlington City Cemetery, is significant as the first cemetery established for the African American community of Darlington and for its association with many prominent black citizens of the town from the late nineteenth through the twentieth centuries. It is also an intact example of a cemetery reflecting typical burial customs and gravestone art during this period. The cemetery dates from 1890, when the trustees of Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery purchased a five-acre tract to establish a cemetery for members of the church and other members of Darlington’s black community. Until 1946 it was the only African American cemetery within the city limits of Darlington. It was expanded by four additional acres in 1946 when the Bethel A.M.E. Church Cemetery and the St. James Methodist Church Cemetery were established and laid out adjacent to it, adding two acres each for a total of approximately nine acres. These three cemeteries are collectively known as the Darlington Memorial Cemetery, still the primary cemetery for the African American community in Darlington. There are approximately 1900 graves in the cemetery, with most burials dating from the early- to mid-twentieth century. Listed in the National Register June 9, 2005. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 9, 2005
Reference number
05000576
Area of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Cemetery
Current function
Cemetery
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
1890

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 11, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Corrected "GPS Coordinates"
  • August 11, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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