In our continued efforts to educate the public about black history in South Carolina outside of Black History Month, we bring this segment of Beyond February to you with the purpose of sharing a piece of our history and asking for your help.

The Palmetto Cemetery was established in 1920 and was one of the first cemeteries in the city where African Americans could be laid to rest. Throughout the decades it was a treasured jewel in the black community. Now, times have changed and it has been mostly forgotten except for a chosen few who are dedicated to making sure our loved ones are resting in a beautiful place that friends, family, and lovers of heritage can enjoy when they come to visit.

The Palmetto Cemetery Association was created in the 1940s to assist in the management and beautification of the cemetery. The association acquired ownership of the cemetery through a deed when the cemetery changed ownership.

I recently visited the cemetery and spent some time with Harold White the Executive Directory of the association to find out more about this historical place and the challenges that they face in keeping the final resting place of many of our ancestors beautiful.

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Beyond February Description: Beyond February is a captivating video series that goes beyond the confines of Black History Month, delving deep into the lesser-known stories of black history in the Midlands and throughout South Carolina. Join us on an enlightening journey as we shine a spotlight on the remarkable individuals, significant locations, and pivotal events that have shaped and empowered African-American communities in this region and beyond. In this thought-provoking series, we uncover hidden narratives that have had a profound impact on the Midlands, shedding light on the untold stories that deserve recognition and celebration. From unsung heroes to transformative landmarks, each episode of Beyond February uncovers the rich tapestry of black history in South Carolina, revealing the resilience, creativity, and strength of the African-American community.

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Share your stories with us. Are you aware of a hidden gem of African-American history in the Midlands or anywhere across South Carolina? We believe that every untold story deserves to be shared and celebrated on Beyond February. If you have knowledge of a little-known piece of African-American history that you believe would make a compelling episode for Beyond February, we invite you to take part in our mission. Share your insights with us by sending an email to info@theminorityeye.com or leaving a detailed message at 803-619-3752.

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