Columbia City Leaders Unveil New Marker on African-American Heritage Trail

City leaders unveiled new markers on Columbia’s African-American Heritage Trail at a ceremony Tuesday. The markers commemorate African-American history in the city at Douglass Pool, the Original Russell Chapel and the Annie Fisher House. Vicki Russell played a part in researching for the project.


“This unveiling is our fifth marker since we started at Sharp End,” Russell said. “We have 12 to 14 more markers in the works. In combination with those markers and ones that already exist that were put in place by other entities, we will have over 20 markers eventually.”

The Sharp End marker was placed in 2015. Mayor Brian Treece and Councilmember Clyde Ruffin were among the speakers at the event. City Manager Mike Matthes was also in attendance, as well as a representative from the…

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