Oral Histories and Characters

Oral Histories and Characters

The founding of the William J. Friends of Folklore, Inc. in Miami, FL in the during of 1988, helped to bring about the following historical marker. J’miah Nabawi is part of that legacy.  More to come on this story.


Society Hill in Darlington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lawrence Faulkner / Simon Brown
Lawrence Faulkner / Simon Brown Marker (front) Photo, Click for full size
By Cindy Bullard, November 10, 2010
1. Lawrence Faulkner / Simon Brown Marker (front)

Inscription. [Front]
Born c.1840 and a resident of Darlington County by 1871, Lawrence Faulkner was a black school teacher, later merchant, and Society Hill’s postmaster from 1877 to 1889. A trustee of nearby Union Baptist Church, Faulkner died in 1898. His store and dwelling were located on this site.

A former slave from Virginia, Brown lived in Society Hill around 1900 and for years was employed by Lawrence Faulkner’s widow to work on her farm. His small house was adjacent to the Faulkner house on this site. A gifted story-teller of black folk tales, Brown’s allegories were posthumously recorded by the Smithsonian Institution.

Erected 1989 by Darlington County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16-25.)

Location. 34° 30.708′ N, 79° 51.096′ W. Marker is in Society Hill, South Carolina, in Darlington County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 401) 0.1 miles north of Carrigan Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Society Hill SC 29593, United States of America.

Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry C. Burn House (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welsh Neck Church (about 400 feet away); Long Bluff (about 700 feet away); Society Hill Library Society (approx. ¼ mile away); Caleb Coker House (approx. ¼ mile away); Society Hill Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zachariah W. Wines (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Society Hill.

By Cindy Bullard, November 10, 2010
2. Lawrence Faulkner / Simon Brown Marker (reverse)Web source: http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=38159

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