|Broad River Rd|
South Carolina USA
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
**This cemetery is located on Government property, in a restricted area that IS NOT open to the public.
The location noted on the map is not the exact location.
The following information was taken from www.chicora.org:
"In July 1988 the Department of Corrections Board approved the creation of a new inmate burial ground in a pine tree grove, at the rear of Government property in NW Columbia. At one point during the use of this cemetery, from 1988 to 1995, burials were conducted by a local funeral home at a cost of $960 per burial. Remains were being embalmed, placed in metal caskets, and brought to the cemetery in a hearse. Inmates dug the graves, using modern machinery, and simple grave markers were supplied. This cemetery was used through May 1995 and contains 62 burials. At that time the Department of Corrections, perhaps concerned with cost, began cremating inmates and scattering the ashes at an unknown location, if no family was available to claim the body. There is no memorial to those who have been cremated."
Inmates of the South Carolina Department of Corrections Prison Complex are assured of a dignified burial by the SCDC. The prisoners with no families are buried in the SCDC cemetery off Broad River Road in Columbia, and families of the prisoners, who cannot afford a burial, are provided with $150 for a set of granite headstones.
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