‘Make sure our markers are still standing tall’

Bill Segars of Hartsville speaks to the American Revolution committee as they meet in Hartsville on Friday, June 10th. PHOTO BY BOBBY BRYANT

By Bobby Bryant, Editor

In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution – the 50th anniversary of the Bicentennial. Making that national event happen is going to require countless puzzle pieces assembled in the right way, and a few of those pieces took shape Friday in Hartsville.
The Columbia-based S.C. American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission, which is planning South Carolina’s role in the celebration, held a meeting in the board room of Hartsville’s Center Theater – one of many meetings it will be holding around the state. The next will be in Laurens.
One focus of Friday’s meeting was on South Carolina’s Revolutionary War historic markers and sites – making sure that everyone can find them easily in 2026, when the country’s attention will be on looking back on the country’s fight for independence from England.
“We are blessed in South Carolina that we have lots of sites marked by different organizations,” said commission Chairman Charles Baxley. How many? Nearly 500, the commission estimates.
Some are almost pristine, some are showing age, some have become unreadable and a few are just missing – nothing left but the posts they sat on, said Bill Segars of Hartsville, who works with the commission. The commission hopes to have them all listed in a computer database and hopes to work with their original sponsors to make sure all are looking good by 2026.
In many cases, they just need a paint job.
“We’ve got 46 counties,” Segars told the commission. “We’re trying to get local committees and resolutions in each of those counties. … We’ve had contact with, and we are moving forward, with every county except one.”
Baxley said: “We’ve got a great product. All we’ve got to do is get out and sell it, and find people in the local communities, like the people here that are already doing it, to set up in every county.” Grants will be available to help.
“We need to step up and make sure that our markers are standing tall” for visitors to the state, Segars said.

Author: Stephan Drew

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