Near Timmonsville in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Assassination Of Rep. Alfred Rush
Alfred Rush (d. 1876), a black state representative for two terms during Reconstruction, was assassinated near here, about 1/2 mi. from his home, on May 13, 1876. Rush, who represented what was then Darlington County in the S.C. House 1868-70 and 1874-76, was also a deacon at Savannah Grove Baptist Church.
Rush and his wife, returning from a picnic at Mt. Carmel Church near Timmonsville, were ambushed by an unknown gunman. Alfred Rush was killed instantly. Several black Darlington County officials wrote Gov. D.H. Chamberlain, “this was a cold blooded murder and our people are very much excited over it.”
Erected 2008 by the Florence County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 21-24.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1870.
Location. 34° 5.073′ N, 79° 50.923′ W. Marker is near Timmonsville, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is on W. John Paul Jones Rd. (County Route 35) half a mile east of Peniel Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Effingham SC 29541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Young Farm (approx. 5.2 miles away); William Gee (approx. 5½ miles away); Ebenezer Church (approx. 6½ miles away); Home Safe (approx. 7 miles away); POW✯MIA (approx. 7 miles away); United States Merchant Marine Monument (approx. 7 miles away); US Coast Guard Monument (approx. 7 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 7 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.