Geneaological Research

You can trace your ancestry at several research sites listed below.
More specifically, if you are researching African American heritage,
below is a list of the African American cemeteries that you can visit in the area.

While walking through an African American cemetery, be sure to look for the yucca plants;
these were often planted because they were believed to keep the spirits in the cemetery.
You won’t find many, if any, stone markers for slaves and any wooden markers
have long since deteriorated. It was customary for graves to be laid east to west
and for the bodies to face sunrise.

African American Cemeteries

Chesterfield County
Foundry Hill Cemetery -
Located on the East side of Jersey Street, Cheraw. Darlington County Darlington Memorial Cemetery - Located at Avenue D and Friendship Streets, Darlington.
Dillon County
Catfish Creek Cemetery -
Located in Latta at the intersection of Catfish Church and Dalcho Roads, behind Catfish Creek Baptist Church. McClellan / Mason Family Cemetery - On Hwy 41, going from Lake View toward Marion, turn right onto Buck Swamp Road, turn left on dirt field road just before you get to a large white frame house on the hill. Field road runs behind the house. Cemetery is about 1/4 mile out field road, on the right.

Old Page Cemetery -
From Hwy 41, going from Lake View toward Marion, turn right onto Buck Swamp Road. Cemetery is 3.5 miles from Hwy 41, immediately past railroad tracks.

Florence County
Jamestown Cemetery -
Located on Jamestown Cemetery Road, via Old Marion Highway. Mt. Zion Cemetery - Located at 5040 Liberty Chapel Road, Florence.

Slave Cemetery at Francis Marion University -
Located east of the Francis Marion Library at 4822 E. Palmetto Street, Florence. Clarke Cemetery – Located at Roseville Plantation, off of N. Williston Road.

Lee County
Concord Church -
In Lucknow (Bishopville), a slave cemetery is located behind the parking area at N 34° 27.043 W 080° 33.535. Coopers Cemetery -
Located at N 34° 13.860 W 080° 22.750 off of St. Charles Rd.

McCutcheon Cemetery -
Traveling on S. Main Street in Bishopville, turn left on St. Charles Road and travel 4.5 miles. Turn left onto Manville/Wisacky Road and travel .45 mile. Turn left onto Woods Road and travel .4 mile.

New Zion Memorial Garden -

Located in the Wisacky Community, turn right onto Cooper's Mill Pond and travel .9 mile. New Zion A.M.E. Church and cemetery are on the right. The old cemetery is .4 miles from the church on right.

Shaw Mission Cemetery -
Located in the Lucknow Community near Lucknow Road, and original site of Shaw Mission Church and School -- a historically African-American school.

Marion County
Fork Chapel A.M.E. Church Cemetery -
From Marion, go 3.1 miles past 501 business and bypass merge point and take first right on to Temperance Hill Road. It's 1.1 miles to Greater Fork Chapel A.M.E. Church. Just past the church, turn left onto the dirt road (Kirton Place.) The cemetery will be on your left.

Carmichael Cemetery (Old Field Cemetery)-
Going south on Highway 41, turn left at first traffic light onto E. Dogwood Drive. Going north, turn right at the last traffic light. Go 2.7 miles to Fisher Road and make a left. Turn left onto first paved road (Pansey Road.) Turn right on Clover Ct. (turns into Winchester Road.) The cemetery on the hill is Old Field Cemetery.

Smithboro Cemetery -
Located in Smithboro off Hwy 917 (Mullins-Latta Hwy), take the first right past the pond on Pond Ln. The cemetery is one block west of Highway 41 & 917.

Spring Branch Baptist Church Cemetery -
Going north out of Marion on Highway 501, go 3.1 miles (just past merge point of 501 bypass). When the highway becomes two lanes, at first intersection is E. Sellers Road. Turn right behind sign that says Spring Branch Treatment Center. Cemetery is on left.

Note - If you know of other historically African American cemeteries that are accessible to the public, please tell us so that we can update our list.