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Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

African American Cemetery

 
 
African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
1. African American Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  
[Marker Front]:
In this cemetery are the remains of some of Sullivan's Island's original Islanders, people of predominantly African American descent whose history parallels that of the Island.

Buried here are Carpenters, Cooks, Oystermen, Laundresses, Nursemaids, House Keepers, Midwives, Soldiers, and Seamen. People who rested on Sunday and went to church.

Many helped build the historic structures that have enhanced the fabric of the Island. They helped construct the palmetto log fort during the Revolutionary War, which later became Fort Moultrie.

[Marker Reverse]:
For the living this is a place of rest and remembrance. It is a memorial to those people who lived, toiled and died on this Island.

The Mt. Zion AME Church and Stella Maris Catholic Church have parishioners buried here. From the churches, caskets were carried to the cemetery by mule and wagon. Many interred were multi racial and had roots in countries such as Ireland, France, Haiti, Italy, Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Africa, England, Cuba, Nassau and Barbados.

Most of the graves were marked with simple
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cedar crosses which have since disappeared. The last funeral was held in 1948 after the Ben Sawyer Bridge was built.
 
Erected 2009 by Sullivan's Island Historic Cemetery Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1948.
 
Location. 32° 45.9′ N, 79° 50.241′ W. Marker is on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Station 22 1/2 Street (State Highway 703) north of Myrtle Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sergeant Jasper (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away); US Coast Guard Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charleston Light (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sullivan's Island Life-Saving Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Valor of Jimmie Dyess on Sullivan's Island and in Combat / The Remarkable Story of Jimmie Dyess (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rear Gate & Second Post Chapel (approx.
African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
2. African American Cemetery Marker
0.6 miles away); Fort Moultrie (approx. 0.6 miles away); Parade Ground and Flagpole Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battery Commander's Station (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sullivans Island.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sullivan's Island African American Cemetery. YouTube video (6m):
Elmore Brown, a lifelong Sullivan's Island resident, spearheaded the formation of the Original Islanders group to protect and preserve one piece of this history, an African American cemetery. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Little known of Sullivan's Island cemetery, symbol of historian's dedication. ABC $ News website entry:
At first glance it looks like a deserted plot of land, separated from the rest of Sullivan's Island by a single linked chain. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Wikipedia entry:
Sullivan's Island is a town in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Town of Sullivan's Island. Town website homepage:
The Town of Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island north of Charleston
African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
3. African American Cemetery Marker
Harbor, is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
4. Gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker
Gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
5. Gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker
Another gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
6. Another gravestone near the African American Cemetery Marker
Shelter near the African American Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 17, 2009
7. Shelter near the African American Cemetery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,829 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 17, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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