Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice
Waverly Five and Dime)
The Waverly Five & Dime, located here until about 1957, was managed 1945-48 by George A. Elmore (1905-1959), the African American plaintiff in a landmark voting rights case soon after World War II. Elmore ran this store and two liquor stores, and also worked as a photographer and cab driver. In 1946, when he tried to vote in the all-white Democratic primary in Richland County, he was denied a ballot.
George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice
In 1947 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sued to end the all-white primary in S.C. Judge J. Waties Waring (1880-1948) ruled in U.S. district court that it was “time for S.C. to rejoin the Union.” Blacks voted in the next S.C. primary, in 1948. As a result of the case, George Elmore endured numerous personal threats and economic reprisals that ruined his business
Erected 2012 by Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 40-145.)
Location. 34° 0.434′ N, 81° 0.895′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Gervais Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. Hinton House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heidt - Russell House / Edwin R. Russell (about 500 feet away); Matthew J. Perry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harden Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Visanska-Starks House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waverly (approx. 0.4 miles away); Allen University (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Lighthouse & Informer / John H. McCray (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
More about this marker. Although the marker states it was erected in 2008, it was not put in place until July 21, 2012.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Site Praised, then Razed. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.)
2. George A. Elmore. (Submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,030 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 8, 2012, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.