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Liberia, South CarolinaAn African American Appalachian Community$
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John M. Coggeshall

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640853

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640853.001.0001

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It Really Wasn’t a Bad Life

It Really Wasn’t a Bad Life

The Mid-Twentieth Century

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Liberia, South Carolina

John M. Coggeshall

University of North Carolina Press

Still segregated under Jim Crow restrictions, the Liberia community continues in this chapter as a semi-protected enclave, anchored primarily by one extended family. The story of Liberia includes the community’s survival as a farming region as desegregation gradually percolated into Upstate South Carolina and as racialized assaults continued. Soapstone Baptist Church persists, but Soapstone School eventually closes under rural (but still segregated) consolidation. The story of Liberia is presented primarily through the memories of contemporary residents, especially the community’s surviving matriarch and her extended family.

Keywords:   Desegregation in South Carolina, Liberia, South Carolina, African Americans in Appalachia, Soapstone Baptist Church, Soapstone School, Countermemory

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