Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Borough Houses
35 & 35 1/2 Calhoun Street
35-1/2 Calhoun Street was built in 1940 by two of Willis Johnson's sons, Frank and Henry as a test for the completion of their carpentry apprenticeship taught by Tom Pinckney, master craftsman. 35 Calhoun Street is currently owned by Rebecca Campbell and Catherine Braxton, sisters and their cousin, Esther Chandler, heirs of Willis Johnson. These two single houses are among the last vestiges of the "Borough", a once vibrant community of blacks and immigrants centered by a low-income housing project, Ansonborough Homes, hence the name, "the Borough Houses".
Erected 2006 by MOJA Arts Festival, City of Charleston.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 32° 47.327′ N, 79° 55.746′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Calhoun Street, on the right when traveling east. Located between E Bay Street and Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 & 35 1/2 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Blake-Grimké House (about 700 feet away); The Benjamin DuPré House (about 800 feet away); Philip Simmons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden's Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Septima Poinsette Clark (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
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