Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Clinton Memorial Cemetery / Isom C. Clinton

Marker ID: SCHM 29-22
Location: Clinton School Rd., Lancaster, SC
County: Lancaster
Coordinates: N 34° 43.47    W 080° 46.007
  34.7245    -80.76678333
Style: Free Standing **


More than 300 members of Lancaster´s black community are buried here, with the first grave dating to 1864. Originally the Clinton family cemetery, it was donated to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in 1960 by Dr. John J. Clinton (1889-1974). Prominent citizens buried here include clergymen, educators, businessmen, and politicians, and many veterans of American wars from World War I through Vietnam.

This cemetery is named for Isom Caleb Clinton (1830-1904), buried here with his family. Born a slave, Clinton organized Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Zion Church in 1866 and served as an elder for many years until he became a bishop in the A.M.E. Zion Church in 1892. He also founded one of the first black public schools in Lancaster County and served as county treasurer both during and after Reconstruction. An obituary called Clinton´s influence "manifest in this community and throughout the county."

Erected by the Lancaster County History Commission, 2001