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									                                 South Carolina General Assembly
                                     117th Session, 2007-2008

H. 4518

STATUS INFORMATION

House Resolution
Sponsors: Rep. Rutherford
Document Path: l:\council\bills\rm\1314ab08.doc

Introduced in the House on January 22, 2008
Adopted by the House on January 22, 2008

Summary: Honorable Benjamin Franklin Randolph


HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

    Date   Body Action Description with journal page number
 1/22/2008 House Introduced and adopted HJ-2


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/22/2008
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 9                 A HOUSE RESOLUTION
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11   TO RECOGNIZE AND COMMEMORATE THE HONORABLE
12   BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RANDOLPH, MINISTER OF THE
13   GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND SOUTH
14   CAROLINA SENATOR FROM ORANGEBURG COUNTY
15   FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR, AND TO DECLARE
16   FEBRUARY 2, 2008, SENATOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
17   RANDOLPH DAY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE
18   UNVEILING OF THE HISTORIC MARKER AT RANDOLPH
19   CEMETERY, NAMED IN HIS HONOR.
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21   Whereas, “freeborn” in Kentucky in 1837 and educated at Oberlin
22   College, Benjamin Franklin Randolph was already a respected
23   religious leader and minister in America prior to the Civil War;
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26   Whereas, Reverend Randolph served honorably during that war as
27   a chaplain in the 26th Regiment of the United States Colored
28   Troops, being one of only fourteen African Americans
29   commissioned to that position, and came to South Carolina while
30   serving with his military unit; and
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32   Whereas, he was elected Orangeburg County’s representative to
33   the South Carolina Senate in the spring of 1868 and became a
34   strong proponent of universal and integrated education for children
35   in South Carolina; and
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37   Whereas, as one of South Carolina’s most significant political
38   leaders, he served with distinction as chairman of the Republican
39   State Central Committee and delegate to the South Carolina
40   Constitutional Convention of 1868, which established rules
41   allowing black men and men without property to vote and hold
42   office; and

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 2   Whereas, on October 16, 1868, Senator Benjamin Franklin
 3   Randolph was assassinated at Hodges Depot in Abbeville County
 4   while campaigning for the National Republican Party; and
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 6   Whereas, as a memorial to the late Senator Randolph, Randolph
 7   Cemetery, now one of the oldest African American cemeteries in
 8   Columbia, was founded on July 1, 1871, by nineteen African
 9   American men; and
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11   Whereas, Randolph Cemetery is believed to be the only cemetery
12   in America where ten African American legislators who served
13   during Reconstruction are interred, these being Senator Henry
14   Cardozo of Kershaw County, Senator William Fabriel Myers of
15   Colleton County, Representative Robert John Palmer of Richland
16   County, Senator William Beverly Nash of Richland County,
17   Senator B.F. Randolph of Orangeburg County, Representative
18   William Simons of Richland County, Representative Samuel
19   Benjamin Thompson of Richland County, Representative Prince R.
20   Rivers of Edgefield and Aiken counties, Representative Charles
21   McDuffie Wilder of Richland County, and Senator Lucius
22   Wimbush of Chester County; and
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24   Whereas, in addition, Randolph Cemetery is the burial site of
25   many nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American
26   leaders from Columbia and other cities throughout South Carolina,
27   including bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church;
28   presidents of Allen University; George Elmore, who was
29   instrumental in ending the white primary in South Carolina; Dr.
30   C.A. Johnson, superintendent of South Carolina’s Negro schools
31   and dignitary for whom C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy was
32   named; and Celia Mann, owner of the Mann-Simons Cottage; and
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34   Whereas, it is fitting that the House of Representatives should
35   pause in its deliberations to recognize and celebrate the unique
36   contributions of the late Senator Benjamin Franklin Randolph and
37   the Randolph Cemetery, especially at this time of establishment of
38   the cemetery’s new historic marker. Now, therefore,
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40   Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
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42   That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives,
43   by this resolution, recognize and commemorate the Honorable

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 1   Benjamin Franklin Randolph, minister of the Gospel of our Lord
 2   Jesus Christ and South Carolina senator from Orangeburg County
 3   following the Civil War, and declare February 2, 2008, Senator
 4   Benjamin Franklin Randolph Day, in conjunction with the
 5   unveiling of the historic marker at Randolph Cemetery, named in
 6   his honor.
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 8   Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to
 9   the Committee for the Beautification and Restoration of Randolph
10   Cemetery.
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