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Greenwood County, South Carolina

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Greenwood County was formed in 1897. It was named for its county seat, Greenwood. This had been named around 1824 after a plantation owned by John McGehee, an early resident. The area was developed largely for cotton plantations and was dependent on slave labor. It has continued to be agricultural in the 21st century.

Greenwood County was the site of the November 1898 Phoenix Election riot. The race-based riot was the outcome of increasing tensions between not only the Republican and Democratic parties. A group of local Democrats attempted to stop a Republican election official from taking the affidavits of blacks who had been denied the right to vote.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Bradley
  • Callison
  • Cokesbury
  • Coronaca
  • Greenwood (County Seat)
  • Hodges
  • Kirksey
  • Ninety Six
  • Pittsburg
  • Promised Land
  • Troy
  • Ware Shoals (part)



National Register of Historic Places

Sumter National Forest (part)

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