Black History Month

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize Mayor Steve Benjamin as our city’s first African-American mayor. Since being elected in 2010, Benjamin has made it his mission to create Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine as the first African-American female to serve on City Council and the first African- American to be elected At-Large in 2002. The City projects she works diligently on are numerous. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize City Manager Teresa Wilson as the first African-American woman to serve as city manager for the City of Columbia. Ms.Wilson is a proven leader and trailblazer who's focus is taking the city’s operations to the next level. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize Columbia-Richland Fire Department Chief Aubrey Jenkins as the first African American to serve as fire chief for the City of Columbia. Recently, Jenkins was sworn into SC State Association of Fire Chiefs as the first African American president. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is one of the three city of Columbia parks named after an African American. The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is a full-service golf practice facility and learning center.  

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize the history of Charles R. Drew Wellness Center. The building received its name from Charles Richard Drew who was an African American physician who developed ways to process and store blood plasma in blood banks. 

This #BlackHistoryMonth, we recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Park located in the heart of the Five Points business district. The Stone of Hope in the park is to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of striving for justice and equality for all.