Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
African American Cemetery
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.
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 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
Location. 32° 45.9′ N, 79° 50.241′ W. Marker is in Sullivan's 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Moultrie (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sergeant Jasper (approx. 0.9 miles away); Disappearing Rifle: The Endicott System (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Forgotten Branch Of The Service . . . The U.S. Army Coast Artillery (approx. 1.2 miles away); America Responds To A New Challenge (approx. 1.2 miles away); Major General William Moultrie (approx. 1.2 miles away); Water for the Army (approx. 1.2 miles away); Powerhouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Coastal Defense: The Endicott System (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Sullivan's Island African American Cemetery. 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. 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. Graveyard rehab on Sullivan's Island. An acre plot a block away from this barrier island's commercial district has been marked as a cemetery for years. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. 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.)
5. Town of Sullivan's Island. The Town of Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island north of Charleston 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.)
6. Stella Maris: Church History. The present Stella Maris Church is the second Catholic church on Sullivan's Island, and is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the Charleston area. (Submitted on June 22, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
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