City of Florence dedicates street to African American business


FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – A section of downtown Florence has a new name in honor of African American business owners who succeeded there during times of racial segregation. 

The street marker for the Historic Downtown African American Business District was unveiled Saturday afternoon on North Dargan Street. A few dozen people gathered at Ideal Funeral Parlor for the dedication ceremony. Some of the event’s speakers included Mayor Stephen Wukela, city council members, church leaders, and family members of black entrepreneurs who owned shops along North Dargan Street as far back as the 1930s.

Many of them reflected on the days when downtown Florence was broken up into two parts: white and black, and also celebrated how far the city and community have come.

“When I moved…

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