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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Benjamin Mack House

Benjamin Mack House Marker image. Click for full size.
October 2018
1. Benjamin Mack House Marker
Inscription.  Educator and civil rights leader Benjamin Mack (1916-1970) lived in this house from the late 1950s until his death in 1970. Mack was a graduate of Booker T. Washington H.S. and S.C. State Univ. He taught at Lower Richland H.S. in the 1940s where he was known as "Professor B.J. Mack." He married Gladys Hendrix of Batesburg, who operated a daycare center here. They raised two children. Mack also served as a Deacon at Ridgewood Baptist Church. In the 1960s Mack served as the State Field Secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in S.C. As part of his work with SCLC he taught courses in African American history for the Citizenship Education Program (CEP). With SCLC and CEP Mack worked with Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, and Septima Clark. He remained committed to SCLC's mission of non-violent direct action and helped plan both the 1963 March on Washington and 1968 Poor People's Campaign.
Erected 2018 by Richland County Conservation Commission, Ridgewood Baptist Church. (Marker Number 40-207.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Location. 34° 3.217′ N, 81° 2.615′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on 5248 Ridgeway Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. I. DeQuincey Newman House (approx. 1˝ miles away); I. DeQuincey Newman Freeway (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Surrender of Columbia, SC (approx. 2.2 miles away); Geiger Ave. Cemetery (approx. 2.2 miles away); S.C. Confederate Soldiers’ Home (approx. 2.3 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Home (approx. 2.3 miles away); Broad River (approx. 2.4 miles away); Monteith School (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Benjamin Mack House Marker - other side image. Click for full size.
October 2018
2. Benjamin Mack House Marker - other side
Mack Family image. Click for full size.
October 2018
3. Mack Family
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2018. This page has been viewed 804 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 10, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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