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African-American Heroes of the 371st Regiment

 
 
In Tribute & Honor to the Gallant African American Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sonya Renae Hodges Grantham
1. In Tribute & Honor to the Gallant African American Heroes Marker
Inscription. In tribute & honor to the gallant African American heroes of of the 371st Infantry Regiment 93rd Division "Colored" of World War I.

They were South Carolinians sent into the bloody trenches of World War I. These brave black soldiers survived on the Western Front in April of 1918, and they were placed under the French Command. The 371st Infantry brought down three German planes by rifle fire. During the Great War over 1,000 men out of 2,384 lost their lives.

These heroes earned 146 citations for bravery and one Congressional Medal of Honor. They also received the French Legion of Honor & the Croix de Guerre.

Dedicated August 21, 2010
 
Erected 2010.
 
Location. 33° 57.51′ N, 80° 59.069′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Beltline Boulevard and Shop Road (State Highway 768). Touch for map. The marker is located in the Childs Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2000 S Beltline Blvd, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Earle Berne Beltway (approx. one mile away); Curtiss-Wright Hangar (approx. 1.6 miles away); Woodlands and Millwood (approx. 2 miles away); The "Columbiad" Cannon (approx. 2.1 miles away); Camp Jackson (approx. 2.2 miles away); Redfern Field / Paul R. Redfern (approx. 2.8 miles away); Paul R. Redfern (approx. 2.8 miles away); Early Columbia Racetrack (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of a former slave plantation of General Wade Hampton. Lysander Doolittle Childs purchased; the plantation during, the Reconstruction Era, and the area became known as Childs Cemetery, Childs Farm and Childs Plantation. The site was the home of a manufacturing plant, until 2015. The area consists of more than 2,000 acres. During the year of 2009, my second eldest son, and I asked for permission to enter the grounds of the plant, permission was granted, and I had a vision to restore the cemetery. Sgt. Vernon Kirkpatrick and Mr. Mark Lynn documented persons that were buried in the cemetery eight years prior to my research. I researched, documented, recorded and identified persons that are buried in the cemetery. African-American Veterans from the Civil War to the Korean War rest in the cemetery. Next, I wrote to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and ordered military headstones for all of the veterans that are buried in the cemetery. I am the sole restorer and preservationist for the cemetery. The marker was placed in the cemetery by the great-great-grandson of William Guion Childs. The marker was provided by private funding.
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2017, by Sonya Renae Hodges Grantham of Richland County, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Last updated on October 2, 2017, by Sonya Renae Hodges Grantham of Richland County, South Carolina. Photo   1. submitted on September 30, 2017, by Sonya Renae Hodges Grantham of Richland County, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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