African American Cemetery

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African American Cemetery

Sullivans Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
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In this cemetery are the remains of some of Sullivan's Island's original Islanders, people of predominatly African American descent whose history parallels that of the Island.

Buried here are Carpenters, Cooks, Oystermen, Laundresses, Nursemaids, House Keepers, Midwives, Soldiers and Seamen. People who rested on Sunday and went to church.

Many helped build the historic structures that have enhanced the fabric of the island. They helped construct the palmetto log fort during the Revolutionary War, which later became Fort Moultrie.

For the living this is a place of rest and remembrance. It is a memorial to those people who lived, toiled and died on the Island.

The Mt Zion AME Church and Stella Maris Catholic Church have parishioners buried here. From the churches, caskets were carried to the cemetery by mule and wagon. Many interred were multi racial and had roots in countries such as Ireland, France, Haiti, Italy, Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Africa, England, Cuba, Nassau and Barbados.

Most of the graves were marked with simple cedar crosses which have since disappeared. The last funeral was held in 1948 after the Ben Sawyer Bridge was built.

*As of April 2007 there was only one tombstone.


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GPS Coordinates: 32.76486, -79.8373

  • Added: 8 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2285440