Community remembers Columbia neighborhood pioneer

Community remembers Columbia neighborhood pioneer

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia is saying goodbye to another pioneer of the community.

Durham Carter passed away Saturday morning at the age of 88. His passing is felt throughout the capital city as many reflected on the life he lived.

"Durham Carter was the neighborhood president of the Martin Luther King neighborhood in downtown Columbia for over 50 years," Richland County Councilman Seth Rose said.

Carter lived in that community and spent most of his life fighting for it.

"Whether it was to invent Martin Luther king park or having a library. I'll always remember he always knew what was happening," Representative Rose said. "You could go sit with Mr. Carter and he would tell you what was happening 4 blocks over in Martin Luther King neighborhood."

During his life, he was an advocate for community neighborhoods, a deacon of Brookland Baptist Church, a longtime election poll worker, a husband, and a friend to many.

"He was a lion, I mean he was. He was a man that had seen so much in his life," Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said.

In 1994, the City of Columbia made a proclamation for "Durham E. Carter Day," and then-Governor Carroll Campbell honored Carter with the 'Order of the Palmetto'.

"We need more Durham Carters everywhere. I'm truly going to miss him and I know he's watching us from heaven," Representative Rose said.

Carter will be remembered as an activist who worked tirelessly to make Columbia a better place to live.

"He was involved in the details of what it meant to be an active citizen and he never let up. Even when he got ill, he never let up and he will be sorely missed," Mayor Benjamin said.

Carter leaves behind his wife Mable, who currently in a local ICU facing her own health challenges.

Funeral services have not yet been announced.

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