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City Directories and History: From the Discover SC Website – “Located in eastern Dorchester County, Lincolnville was established in the late 1860s when seven black men became dissatisfied with the treatment they were receiving in Charleston. They took the train north from Charleston in search of land where they might start a new community. The land they chose was known as Pump Pond because it was where the trains stopped for water for the steam engines. The men pooled their savings and acquired the property for $1,000. The settlement was named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln when it received its charter in 1889. Many of the founders and early settlers were members of Ebenezer AME Church. It is one of the few all black towns remaining in SC.”
” Bill McDonald, a writer of rare charm, in a recent column (The State, Sunday, November 5, 1978), “Place Names Are Romantic,) pays proper tribute to Lincolnville, a small town in Charleston County:
“Pumpkintown weaves its magic spell in Pickens County; and Sugar Hill Lane elsewhere. But Lincolnville — it’s more than just a name; and Mayor Charles Ross hastily assures the visitor that Abraham Lincoln, for whom the town was named, would be proud of it.
“Ross is currently Chairman of the South Carolina Conference on Black Mayors and Council Persons. Politically, he is a little independent and explained his position forcefully: ‘Lincolnville comes first in my book; Charleston County comes second; South Carolina third; and the United States fourth. The man who helps us progress in Lincolnville, I don’t care if he’s Independent, Republican, or Democrat — I’ll support him’.”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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