3 famous graves in Columbia, SC

A look at the legends lying in the local cemeteries.


Elmwood Cemetery | Photo via @mematthews

Spooky season is finally here. And one of the best ways to spend it is with a respectful walk through a local cemetery. Grab your cozy sweater and warm up that pumpkin spice latte, here are a few noteworthy graves you can visit right here in Columbia.

  • Ernest A. Finney Jr. | 1932-2017 | Elmwood Memorial Gardens | In 1994, Ernest A. Finney Jr. became the first African American to be appointed as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Lillian “The Fabulous Moolah” Ellison | 1923-2007 | Greenlawn Memorial Park | Lillian was best known for being the longest reigning women’s champion in sports entertainment history. She began wrestling in the 1940s and was the first female inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.
  • Sophia Nance | 1824-1853 | Washington Street United Methodist Church | Sofia Nance died at 28 years old and is buried under the Washington Street United Methodist Church in a full metal tomb with a glass window to show her face. Rumor has it that her family decided on this due to her beauty and youth.

For our full list of legends lying in our local cemeteries, click the link below.


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