Jamestown descendants eye restoration plan

A once-bustling African-American settlement is nearly gone; Namesake’s relatives want to breathe life into the fields once again


June 22, 2013

FLORENCE, S.C. — When it comes to preserving African-American settlements, most people probably think of efforts in the Lowcountry, but few may realize that the Pee Dee boasts its own historic settlement that is in desperate need of revitalization and care.


The Jamestown Settlement, located on Jamestown Road off Old Marion Highway near Roche Carolina, was founded in 1870 by Irvin James, a former slave who was determined to be a land owner and leave his descendants more than a history of slavery and share-cropping.


In that, he was successful.


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