Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Darlington Memorial Cemetery

Marker ID: SCHM 16-54
Location: on D street in Darlington.
County: Darlington
Coordinates: N 34° 18.087    W 079° 51.378
  34.30145    -79.8563
Style: Free Standing **


This cemetery, established in 1890, was originally a five-acre tract when it was laid out as the cemetery for the nearby Macedonia Baptist Church. The first African American cemetery in Darlington, it includes about 1,900 graves dating from the late 19th century to the present. In 1946 Bethel A.M.E. Church and St. James Methodist Church, both nearby, established their own cemeteries here as well.

Among the prominent persons buried here are Rev. Isaac Brockenton (1829-1908), the founding pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church; Edmund H. Deas (1855-1915), prominent Darlington County politician; and Lawrence Reese (1864-1915), a self taught designer and master craftsman who designed and built several houses on West Broad Street. This cemetery was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Erected by the Darlington Memorial Cemetery Association - 2006