Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Matthew J. Perry House
Matthew J. Perry, Jr. (b. 1921), lawyer, civil rights pioneer, and jurist, lived in a house on this site as a youth; the house was torn down in 1997. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then graduated from S.C. State College (now S.C. State University) in 1948. After graduating in the first class of the S.C. State Law School in 1951 Perry practiced law in Spartanburg, specializing in civil rights cases.
Perry returned to Columbia in 1961 as chief counsel of the S.C. State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). For fifteen years he tried numerous pivotal civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1976 Perry was appointed to the U.S. Military Court of Appeals, and in 1979 he became the first black U.S. district court judge in S.C.
Erected 2008 by The Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 40-141.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1997.
Location. 34° 0.556′ N, 81° 1.081′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Located between Pine and Oak Streets, today an empty lot where the house once stood. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2216 Washington Street, Columbia SC 29204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Calvary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cyril O. Spann Medical Office (about 500 feet away); Visanska-Starks House (about 500 feet away); Waverly (approx. 0.2 miles away); Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit" / Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heidt - Russell House / Edwin R. Russell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Allen University (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . . Matthew J. Perry, from Wikipedia. The courthouse in Columbia, South Carolina, is named after him, although Senator Strom Thurmond wanted it named after himself. (Submitted on September 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 16, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.