Lancaster in Lancaster County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clinton Memorial Cemetery / Isom C. Clinton
More than 300 members of Lancaster's black community are buried here, with the first grave dating to 1864. Originally the Clinton family cemetery, it was donated to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in 1960 by Dr. John J. Clinton (1889-1974). Prominent citizens buried here include clergymen, educators, businessmen, and politicians, and many veterans of American wars from World War I through Vietnam.
This cemetery is named for Isom Caleb Clinton (1830-1904), buried here with his family. Born a slave, Clinton organized Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Zion Church in 1866 and served as an elder for many years until he became a bishop in the A.M.E. Zion Church in 1892. He also founded one of the first black public schools in Lancaster County and served as county treasurer both during and after Reconstruction. An obituary called Clinton's influence "manifest in this community and throughout the county."
Erected 2001 by Lancaster County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 29-22.)
Location. 34° 43.47′ N, 80° 46.008′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, South Carolina, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of Clinton School Road and East Barr Street, on the Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster SC 29720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lancaster Normal and Industrial Institute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Courthouse Lancaster County / John Simpson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lancaster County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas H Davis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Springs Block (approx. half a mile away); Leroy Springs House (approx. half a mile away); Lancaster (approx. half a mile away); The Jail / Robert Mills (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Academy / Oldest Continuous Public School Site in Lancaster County (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Regarding Clinton Memorial Cemetery / Isom C. Clinton. Cemetery is south of Clinton Elementary School.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Charity & Public Work • Education •
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