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Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Joseph Hayne Rainey Park

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. Joseph Hayne Rainey Park Marker
Inscription. This park was dedicated in 1993 to the memory of Georgetown native Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Born to slave parents in 1832, Rainey escaped to Bermuda when the War Between the States broke out. After the war, he returned to South Carolina and entered politics. He was a Republican delegate to the state's 1868 constitutional convention and later was elected to the state senate. In 1870, Rainey was nominated to fill the Congressional term of a white Republican who had been force to resign for selling West Point cadet appointments. He was re-elected to four consecutive terms representing the 1st Congressional District. After losing a fifth re-election bid in 1878, he became an internal revenue agent and later unsuccessfully sought to become the first African American clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rainey retired to Georgetown in 1886 and died a year later. The family home where Rainey was raised still stands at 909 Prince Street and has been named a National Historic Landmark.
 
Erected by City of Georgetown and Georgetown Steel Corporation.
 
Location. 33° 22.053′ N, 79° 17.191′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown
Joseph Hayne Rainey Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. Joseph Hayne Rainey Park Marker
County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Touch for map. Located at the foot of King Street in part of the Georgetown waterfront park. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgetown’s Industrious Past (a few steps from this marker); Georgetown Steel Corporation (a few steps from this marker); Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); 24 Pound Naval Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Georgetown (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Lafayette (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kaminski House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker at the Rainey House, mentioned in the text.
 
Also see . . .
1. Joseph Hayne Rainey. Congressional biography. (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Joseph H. Rainey. Full biography from Black Americans in Congress. (Submitted on June 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansGovernmentPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
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3. Joseph Hayne Rainey
Portrait of Rainey from the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection in the Library of Congress.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,532 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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