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The Borough Houses

 
 
The Borough Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
1. The Borough Houses Marker
Inscription.
35 Calhoun Street was built in 1852 and occupied by Irish immigrants.
It was purchased by Willis Johnson, Sr. in 1939.
His sons, Frank and Henry built 35½ Calhoun with their own hands to complete carpentry apprenticeships.
The houses are still owned by Willis Johnson's Sr. Family. "The Borough" is the name associated with the former African-American section of the Ansonborough neighborhood.
It was bounded by Laurens, Charlotte, Concord and Meeting Streets.
Here, African American families fostered close relationships and rich cultural life.

Their community was steeped in the belief that "it takes a village to raise a child."
Just east of the spot-in what is known as Ansonborough Field-stood the Ansonborough Homes. Built in 1940 for over 160 families, the structures were vacated in 1992 upon discovery of toxic-waste deposits in the soil. Their demolition the following year regrettably erased a significant piece of history relevant to Charleston's black community.

These two houses are the last vestiges of The Borough and have steadfastly resisted gentrification. They remain monuments to the lives and contributions of African-Americans who made The Borough their home.
These photographs [included] depict life in The Borough as it existed five decades ago.
 
Location.
The Borough Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
2. The Borough Houses
32° 47.327′ N, 79° 55.749′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Calhoun Street near E Bay Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Borough Houses (here, next to this marker); The Liberty Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Benjamin DuPré House (about 800 feet away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Septima Poinsette Clark 1898-1987 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emanuel AME Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Emanuel A.M.E. Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Upper Photo image. Click for full size.
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3. Upper Photo
"The Borough" is the name associated with the former African-American section of the Ansonborough neighborhood.
Their community was steeped in the belief that "it takes a village to raise a child." image. Click for full size.
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4. Their community was steeped in the belief that "it takes a village to raise a child."
The Borough Houses Marker lower photo image. Click for full size.
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5. The Borough Houses Marker lower photo
The Borough Houses and Marker, at right image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
6. The Borough Houses and Marker, at right
The Borough Houses 35 Calhoun Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
7. The Borough Houses 35 Calhoun Street
The Borough Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
8. The Borough Houses
The Borough Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
9. The Borough Houses
Frank and Henry Johnson built 35½ Calhoun with their own hands to complete carpentry apprenticeships.
The Borough Houses and Marker near E Bay Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
10. The Borough Houses and Marker near E Bay Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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