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Historical Markers in Kingstree, South Carolina

 
Clickable Map of Williamsburg County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Williamsburg County, SC (33) Berkeley County, SC (96) Clarendon County, SC (66) Florence County, SC (106) Georgetown County, SC (111) Marion County, SC (29)  WilliamsburgCounty(33) Williamsburg County (33)  BerkeleyCounty(96) Berkeley County (96)  ClarendonCounty(66) Clarendon County (66)  FlorenceCounty(106) Florence County (106)  GeorgetownCounty(111) Georgetown County (111)  MarionCounty(29) Marion County (29)
Kingstree is the county seat for Williamsburg County
Kingstree is in Williamsburg County
      Williamsburg County (33)  
ADJACENT TO WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY
      Berkeley County (96)  
      Clarendon County (66)  
      Florence County (106)  
      Georgetown County (111)  
      Marion County (29)  
 
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1 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-22 — "Let Us March on Ballot Boxes"
On May 8, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Kingstree. King’s speech, which came after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, urged an audience of 5,000 who had gathered on the grounds of Tomlinson High School to “march on ballot boxes” . . . Map (db m223893) HM
2 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-3 — Battle of Kingstree
Somewhere northwest of Kingstree on the night of Aug. 27, 1780, while scouting for Gen. Marion, a South Carolina militia company led by Maj. John James attacked a British force sent to ravage Williamsburg District, capturing prisoners and gaining . . . Map (db m25000) HM
3 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45 25 — Benevolent Societies Hospital
In March 1948, eight local Black benevolent societies founded a hospital for African Americans at this site. It was housed in a former residence that was remodeled and expanded to include rooms for treatment, exams, consultation and operating, . . . Map (db m219125) HM
4 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Captain Roger Gordon
In 1732 Roger Gordon led 40 Scotch Irish to found Williamsburg Township, (Kingstree), one of 11 inland sites granted by the Provincial Governor in King George’s plan to develop a successful English colony in South Carolina. In 1738 the town acquired . . . Map (db m54667) HM
5 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Drum-Major for Justice Assassinated April 4, 1968 1929 ~ 1968 "Unless we learn to live together as brothers, surely we will die apart as fools.”Map (db m54769) HM
6 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — John Witherspoon
Born near Glasgow, Scotland in 1670, removed to Ireland because of religious persecution and settled in County Down in 1695. In 1734 he, with his kindred and friends, came to America and settled near Kingstree in Williamsburg Township. He was the . . . Map (db m54766) HM
7 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Kingstree: Gathering Vital Intelligence
By late August 1780, Francis Marion and the Whig militiamen of eastern South Carolina had already begun to cause alarm among the British military leaders in charge of subduing the province. Sensing the British would move against him, Col. Marion . . . Map (db m53897) HM
8 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Lower Bridge: Take the Low Ground!
Over three weeks in March 1781, Brig. Gen. Francis Marion conducted a series of engagements between the Santee River and Georgetown, battering a larger force of British regulars and Loyalist militiamen under the command of Col. John Watson. This . . . Map (db m53893) HM
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9 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-19 — McClary Cemetery
[front] John McClary (1760-1833) established this cemetery about 1789, locating it on high ground near Boggy Swamp. McClary’s will, dated 1831, provided for headstones for himself and his three wives: Mary Raphield (1757-1792), Margaret . . . Map (db m40507) HM
10 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-4 — Old Muster Ground and Courthouse
This lot was designated the parade ground in the original survey of the town in 1737. It served as the muster ground for the local militia during colonial and Revolutionary times. The present courthouse, designed by Robert Mills, was built in . . . Map (db m25601) HM
11 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-18 — St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
[Front] : St. Alban’s Episcopal Church has long been the only continuously active Episcopal congregation in Williamsburg County. It was founded in 1879 by Carrie Simons (1849-1938), who persuaded Bishop W.W. Howe to help her organize a . . . Map (db m27934) HM
12 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-12 — Stephen A. Swails House
[Front]: Stephen Atkins Swails (1832-1900), U.S. Army officer and state senator, lived in a house on this site 1868-79. Swails, a free black from Pennsylvania, came to S.C. in 1863 as a 1st Sgt. in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers . . . Map (db m27929) HM
13 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Thurgood Marshall, J.D.
Supreme Court Justice Trumpter for Freedom Mr. Civil Rights 1908 ~ 1993 “I did the best I could with what I had.”Map (db m54768) HM
14 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-26 — Tomlinson School
Formerly enslaved African Americans built the first Tomlinson School in 1866. Overseen by the Freedmen’s Bureau, it was the first Black public school in Williamsburg County. Tomlinson School was located at this site by 1924, when it moved into a . . . Map (db m223896) HM
15 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Willamsburg County Veterans Monument
Front Center Seal of the American Legion Honoring all who served and Dedicated to the everlasting memory of those who gave their lives for the cause of Freedom in World War I and World War II Seal of Veterans of Foreign Wars . . . Map (db m54774) HM
16 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — 45-10 — Williamsburg Church
This Presbyterian church was established 1736 by John Witherspoon and other early Scotch-Irish settlers. Originally located about 1 mile east at Williamsburg Cemetery, the congregation moved here to Academy Street in 1890; the present sanctuary . . . Map (db m27928) HM
17 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Williamsburg County Confederate Monument
[North Face]: [Relief Flag] CSA 1861-1865 Erected by Williamsburg, Chapter U.D.C. and the citizens of the county, May 10,1910, To the memory of the men of Williamsburg, County who fought for the rights of . . . Map (db m24605) HM
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18 South Carolina, Williamsburg County, Kingstree — Williamsburgh
In remembrance of Williamsburgh District Patriots whose efforts helped create for us a new nation 1776 ~ 1976Map (db m54771) HM
 
 
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Dec. 10, 2023