“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home

Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home Marker
Inscription. This home’s first owner was John R. Cornwell, an African American business man and civic leader who owned a successful barber shop on Main St. After his death, Cornwell’s wife Hattie and daughters Geneva Scott and Harriett Cornwell lived here. From the 1940s until after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 they ran the house as a “tourist home” for black travelers. Harriett also taught at Waverly Elementary School.
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During the Jim Crow era, segregation gave African American travelers very few choices for restaurants or lodging. Many chose to stay in a network of private houses located across the South and nation. These tourist homes often relied on word-of-mouth, but many were also listed in guides such as The Negro Travelers’ Green Book. This house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Erected 2014 by Richland County Conservation Commission. (Marker Number 40-184.)
Location. 34° 0.355′ N, 81° 2.702′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Wayne Street. Touch for map. Marker is
Dr. Reggie Scott image. Click for full size.
September 4, 2014
2. Dr. Reggie Scott
Dr. Reggie Scott, the nephew of Harriet Cornwell, grew up in the house and calls it home now.
at or near this postal address: 1713 Wayne Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard Samuel Roberts House (within shouting distance of this marker); Arsenal Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fleishman Family Chapel (about 600 feet away); Entrance to Cemetery of the Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society (about 800 feet away); Cemetery of the Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Figure Eight in South Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lace House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sir William Berkeley (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2018. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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