African-American Cemetery Committee gets Heritage Commission award

The City of Hartsville African-American Cemetery Committee received an award from the South Carolina African-American Heritage Commission at an awards banquet April 4.

This ceremony was themed Preserving Our Places in History and was the 25th annual ceremony for the committee.

The African-American Cemetery Committee received this award for their efforts to revitalize the Historic Cemetery at Marion Avenue, once known as the Hartsville Colored Cemetery.

The African-American Cemetery panel is led by Chairman Tre’ Gammage, a Hartsville city councilman who was present at the ceremony with other members of the committee.

Gammage said, “Members of this committee and different groups from around Hartsville have come together to help ensure that this historic cemetery is preserved and taken care of for years to come.”

The African-American Cemetery Committee meets at the Marion Avenue Cemetery on the second Saturday of each to clean up and make improvements to the cemetery.

Members of the community are invited and welcome to attend the monthly cleanup days.

The next improvement the committee would like to make is to add a recognizable entrance leading into the cemetery.

Author: Rachel Howell

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