Aiken Colored Cemetery

Aiken Colored Cemetery, a historic cemetery in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, covers nearly 10 acres and is located several miles from the downtown area. It was the only burial grounds for Aiken's African-American community through the mid 20th century.[2]

Aiken Colored Cemetery
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Aiken Colored Cemetery is located in South Carolina
Aiken Colored Cemetery
LocationFlorence St. and Hampton Ave., Aiken, South Carolina
Coordinates33°34′13″N 81°43′27″W / 33.5704°N 81.7242°W / 33.5704; -81.7242Coordinates: 33°34′13″N 81°43′27″W / 33.5704°N 81.7242°W / 33.5704; -81.7242
Area9.5 acres (3.8 ha)
Built1852
NRHP reference No.07000182[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 19, 2007

The cemetery began operating in 1852, well before the Civil War era. Its occupants represent a diverse range including slaves, freedmen, business leaders, tradesmen, and paupers. The cemetery is now called Pine Lawn Memorial Gardens and is accessible to the public.

Aiken Colored Cemetery was listed in the National Historic Register on March 19, 2007.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Aiken Colored Cemetery, Aiken County". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Monteith, Regina K. "Aiken Colored Cemetery" (PDF). NRHP Nomination. National Register of historic Places. Retrieved October 23, 2012.