Town of Lincolnville

A white sign with black text reads
Lincolnville's first African American public school.

NPS Photo/R. Condon

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The Town of Lincolnville in Charleston County is a historically African American community founded in 1867 by Rev. Richard H. Cain and six other men, who purchased 620 acres of land to establish a town for freed people. This community was later named in honor of the late President Abraham Lincoln. Descendants of the original settlers still thrive here today amongst the schools, churches, cemeteries, and homes established by their ancestors, while actively preserving their rich Gullah Geechee heritage and celebrating their ancestors' ability to overcome adversity during Reconstruction. Lincolnville is a part of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network

Last updated: June 24, 2022