Rev. Richard Carroll

Rev. Richard Carroll was famous as a lecturer and a minister. He was recognized in the State of South Carolina, as one of the foremost Negro Leaders of his time. Born a slave in Barnwell County, South Carolina. His mother born a slave and his father a white slave owner. He greatly benefited from the fact that his mother was a trusted house-servant on the W. D. Rice Plantation. W. D. Rice, opened the door of opportunity for Richard Carroll. He was educated at Benedict College in Columbia, where he developed his gift for eloquence.

Rev. Richard CarrollHe had been honored many times during his life by outstanding men who recognized his ability. He was also honored by several President’s of the United States. Richard Caroll was appointed by President McKinley as Chaplain, in the Spanish American War, of the Tenth Regiment, June 24 1898. President Roosevelt invited him and Booker T. Washington to attend a conference on Child Welfare at the White House in 1907. He was offered the post of United States Minister to Liberia by President Wilson but declined; he never accepted nor wanted political offices. After the war he continued to be involved in the political and social aspects of South Carolina. He was the founder and editor of his own newspaper, the Christian Soldier and The Southern Plowman, a monthly magazine which was devoted to the cause of better farming for the negro. Due to the lack of money, he edited weekly, bi-weekly or monthly rather than Dailey papers. He was founder of the South Carolina Industrial home for small children, near Wade Hampton’s plantation. He was organizer and former president of the South Carolina Race Conference to promote good will between the races. His eloquence made it possible for him "to tell white people the truth about certain significant things in the relation of the two races without giving offense. Richard Carroll was a man, who by his useful life and good works, was held in the highest esteem by both white and black. It was said that he was a good Christian "with a song in his heart."

He was founder and first president of the Negro State Fair Association. Richard Carroll was born November 26 1859, and died October 30 1929. It was a striking coincidence, that on the day of his death, it was Founders Day at the Negro Fair, at which time the gates swung wide on the days activities, Carroll breathed his last and passed to the great beyond. It must have done him good, however, in his last days to know that his work for the Fair had been recognized. The Negro Fair was just one of the many monuments left to his memory.

His funeral was well attended, by several white people in the audience. Ex Governor Heyward, who was asked to say something concerning Carroll said "We have lost a great man in South Carolina."

Governor Richardson paid the following tribute to him, "In the death of Richard Carroll, the negro race has lost one of the most useful and best known men, and the state has lost a splendid citizen."







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