Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Cannon Street Y

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Location: 61 Cannon St, Charleston, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 47.411    W 079° 56.671
  32.79018333    -79.94451666
Style: Mounted **


Celebrating over 130 years of providing a safe place for community residents to gather, play and learn.

What is now the Cannon Street Y was organized under the leadership of Harry W. Thomas in 1866. It was established using the name Charleston Negro YMCA to serve the needs of former slaves, freed by adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865. Of three Black YMCAs organized during that period, only Cannon Street Y continues to operate independently; i.e. not being taken over by a city or some other agency. This YMCA originally operated its programs from area churches, businesses, meeting halls, offices and private homes of its members. This arrangement continued until 1950 when the present facility was built at 61 Cannon Street.

The dedication plaque above the historical marker reads:

“All I am interested in is the privilege of giving the Negro boys of Charleston the same privilege all boys of the world are allowed under the laws of Little League Inc Williamsport, Pa.” —Robert F. Morrison, July 27, 1955

Presented to Cannon Street YMCA in commemoration of the 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars.

Robert F. Morrison, President • Manager: Benjamin Singleton • Secretary: R. H. Penn • Coaches: Walter Burke • A. O. Graham • Rufus Dilligard • Lee J. Bennett • Players: John Bailey • Charles Bradley • Vermont Brown • Vernon Gray • William Godfrey • Allen Jackson • Carl Johnson • John Mack • Leroy Major • Arthur Peoples • David Middleton • Maurice Singleton • John Rivers • Norman Robinson. • Alternates: Leroy Carter • George Gregory. • Honorary Member: Augustus J. Holt • Sponsors: Fielding Funeral Home • Harleston-Boags Funeral Home • Police Athletic League • Pan-Hellenic Council.

1997 by The MOJA Arts Festival, City of Charleston.