Address: 2025 Marion Street
Image courtesy Modjeska Simkins Papers, South Carolina Political Collections, University Libraries, University of South Carolina
Known as the matriarch of civil rights activists of South Carolina, Modjeska Monteith Simkins lived in this house from 1932 until her death in April 1992. Built sometime between 1890 and 1895, her former home is a one-story Columbia cottage, a housing variety once prevalent throughout the district. Simkins’ life-long civil liberties activism earned her the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, in 1996. Today, it is under the stewardship of Historic Columbia Foundation.
Neighborhood: Robert Mills District West
Location Order: 41