African American History Trail Tour - Lake City, SC

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Lake City

The roots of African American history runs deep in South Carolina, providing a rich history that spans over three centuries and every corner of the state. Stories of the enslaved and free people of color to civil rights activists, politicians, educators, pastors and many more all contributed to this history. The constant struggle for equality and freedom is often seen in these stories. Lake City was no exception and this rich legacy lives on in the city at historical sites, remnants, oral histories, and cultural traditions. This tour highlights some of Lake City's historical African American sites while telling the unique story that Lake City contributed to African American history in the state of South Carolina and the nation.

There are eight sites on this tour throughout the city including the Ronald E. McNair Library and Monument, P.D. Cockfield House, Lynches Historical Society Building (former segregated hospital), Frazier Baker (Lake City) Post Office, the Lynching of Frazier Baker Historical Marker (Deep River Street and Church Street), Greater St. James A.M.E. Church Historical Marker, Lake City Rosenwald (segregated) School, and the Bronze Huey Cooper Statue.



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P.D. Cockfield House

Known during most of the nineteenth century as Graham’s Crossroads, and later renamed Lake City in 1…

Lynches Lake Historical Society and Museum (Former Segregated Whitehead Infirmary Building and Hospital)

A graduate of Lake City High School and the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. James Whitehea…

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Memorial Park (Library and Monument)

Dr. Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986) was a native of Lake City and renowned physicist and astronaut. He …

African American Schools in Lake City

The right to education has long stood at the epicenter of the battle for Civil Rights in America and…

Frazier Baker Historical Site

Frazier B. Baker was an African American teacher who had recently been appointed postmaster of Effin…

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