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Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice

 
 
Waverly Five and Dime Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 1, 2012
1. Waverly Five and Dime Marker
Inscription.
Waverly Five and Dime)

The Waverly Five & Dime, located here until about 1957, was managed 1945-48 by George A. Elmore (1905-1959), the African American plaintiff in a landmark voting rights case soon after World War II. Elmore ran this store and two liquor stores, and also worked as a photographer and cab driver. In 1946, when he tried to vote in the all-white Democratic primary in Richland County, he was denied a ballot.

George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice
In 1947 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued to end the all-white primary in S.C. Judge J. Waties Waring (1880-1948) ruled in U.S. district court that it was “time for S.C. to rejoin the Union.” Blacks voted in the next S.C. primary, in 1948. As a result of the case, George Elmore endured numerous personal threats and economic reprisals that ruined his business
 
Erected 2012 by Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 40-145.)
 
Location. 34° 0.434′ N, 81° 0.895′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Gervais Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
George Elmore and <i>Elmore V. Rice</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 1, 2012
2. George Elmore and Elmore V. Rice Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2313, Columbia SC 29204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. Hinton House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heidt - Russell House / Edwin R. Russell (about 500 feet away); Matthew J. Perry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harden Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Visanska-Starks House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waverly (approx. 0.4 miles away); Allen University (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Lighthouse & Informer / John H. McCray (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
More about this marker. Although the marker states it was erected in 2008, it was not put in place until July 21, 2012.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Site Praised, then Razed. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.)
2. George A. Elmore. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsIndustry & Commerce
 
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 1, 2012
3. Overview
Overview looking west image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 1, 2012
4. Overview looking west
Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and <i>Elmore V. Rice</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, August 1, 2012
5. Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore V. Rice Marker
The marker was erected on Saturday, July 21, 2012 and the building was demolished on the following Friday, July 27, 2012.
George A. Elmore image. Click for full size.
6. George A. Elmore
George A. Elmore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, September 3, 2011
7. George A. Elmore Marker
in Randolph Cemetery,which is in downtown Columbia, S.C.
Inscription of George Elmore Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, September 3, 2011
8. Inscription of George Elmore Marker
Sacred to the Memory of George Elmore who through unmatched courage, perseverance, and personal sacrifice brought the legal action by which black people may participate in South Carolina democratic party primary elections -- "Elmore vs. Rice," 1947 This memorial erected June 21, 1981 by W.E.B., Inc.
George A. Elmore's tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, September 3, 2011
9. George A. Elmore's tombstone
 
 
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