Near Timmonsville in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Assassination Of Rep. Alfred Rush
Alfred Rush (d. 1876), a black state representative for two terms during Reconstruction, was assassinated near here, about 1/2 mi. from his home, on May 13, 1876. Rush, who represented what was then Darlington County in the S.C. House 1868-70 and 1874-76, was also a deacon at Savannah Grove Baptist Church.
Rush and his wife, returning from a picnic at Mt. Carmel Church near Timmonsville, were ambushed by an unknown gunman. Alfred Rush was killed instantly. Several black Darlington County officials wrote Gov. D.H. Chamberlain, “this was a cold blooded murder and our people are very much excited over it.”
Erected 2008 by the Florence County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 21-24.)
Location. 34° 5.073′ N, 79° 50.923′ W. Marker is near Timmonsville, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker is on W. John Paul Jones Rd. (County Route 35) half a mile east of Peniel Crossroads, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Effingham SC 29541, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Young Farm (approx. 5.2 miles away); William Gee Ebenezer Church (approx. 6.5 miles away); POW✯MIA (approx. 7 miles away); The Marine Corps League of Florence, SC (approx. 7 miles away); Florence Veterans Park (approx. 7 miles away); Desert Storm (approx. 7 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Marker honors assassinated black leader. SCnow.com's 2/23/2009 article on the installation of the historic marker. (Submitted on November 4, 2010.)
2. Letter to Governor Chamberlain.... Teachingushistory.org's web page for the Letter to Governor Chamberlain (mentioned in the last part of the marker) requesting justice in the matter of Rush's assassination. Includes a PDF format scan of the original letter.
" He had been to a picnic at Mt. Carmel Church... and was on his way home... where about 1 ½ hours before sundown a white man, in his shirt-sleeves, fired at him from behind a stump, by the side of the road three times; each shot taking affect = as follows – one through the brain – one through the cheek and one through his heart – the horse, taking fright at the shots – broke from the buggy and went home – Mr. Rush fell from his buggy, between the wheels of the same, and remained there until a post-mortem examination was held which was yesterday Sunday morning about 8 ½ o-clock...." (Submitted on November 4, 2010.)
Categories. • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.