Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Richard Samuel Roberts House
Richard Samuel Roberts (1880-1936), a photographer who documented individuals, families, and institutions in Columbia’s black community and across S.C., lived here from 1920 until his death. Roberts, a self-taught photographer, moved his family from Florida to Columbia and bought this house at 1717 Wayne Street for $3,000. Roberts and his wife Wilhelmina Williams Roberts (1881-1977) raised their children here.
Roberts, who was a full-time custodian at the main Columbia post office, first used an outbuilding here for his photography studio. From 1922 to 1936 his studio was downtown at 1119 Washington Street. Roberts often advertised in the Palmetto Leader, the leading black newspaper in S.C. Some of Roberts’ best photographs were published in 1986 in A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts.
Erected 2012 by The Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation,. (Marker Number 40-160.)
Location. 34° 0.371′ N, 81° 2.707′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Wayne Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harriett Cornwell Tourist Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Arsenal Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fleishman Family Chapel (about 700 feet away); Cemetery of the Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); Entrance to 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.
Also see . . . African American Registry; Richard Samuel Roberts. Roberts rented a studio in the heart of Columbia, S.C. Carolina's African-American commercial district on Washington Street in 1922. At the same time working as a post office custodian from 4 a.m. to noon. For the next 14 years, the thousands of pictures that Roberts took comprise a stunning visual history of every aspect of the African-American community in South Carolina's capital city. He frequently took his camera into the heart of the segregated Black District of Columbia and also to other towns and cities in the state. (Submitted on March 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Although labeled and casted 2011, marker was erected 2012
— Submitted March 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.