Representative Jordan Lang:  Rep. Jordan Lang was born in Kershaw District into slavery as the property of the Lang Family in 1813'.  He was a brick mason by trade, which he used to purchase his freedom, and subsequently, moved to present day Darlington District by 1846.  He was a member of Darlington County's Delegation to the 1868' Constitution Convention and afterward served as a Representative, serving two terms, from 1868-1872.  He had a large farm in the High Hill Township of Darlington County with a homestead of 140 acres, surveyed in 1879, near present day S.C. 341.  Within this rural area of Darlington County, Rep. Lang established a small church to support the spiritual needs of his people.  In his honor, Lang Township ,was named for him during the reconstruction period, as well as a school in said township.   Mr. Lang was married to the former Kizzie Keith and they had 10 children. 

 

 

Darlington County during the Reconstruction Period note Lang Township.

Courtesy of Darlington County Historical Commission

 

 

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Lang Property 1879' - adjacent S.C. 340, Darlington County,

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During his tenure in the S.C. General Assembly, Rep. Lang endorsed the children of his constituency desiring attendance to USC, such as A. Milton Hill, along with his fellow representatives from Darlington County.

 

Letter of matriculation endorsing A. Milton Hill for attendance to USC in 1872.

Courtesy of Darlington County Historical Commission

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Throughout Darlington County during the Reconstruction Period, Lang School, possibly located on the grounds of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, was the sight of many political stump meetings where elected officials, and candidates, sought to inform their constituents of important matters. On one such occasion, Rep. Lang, along with Rep. Humbert, Esq., Rep. Jack Smith, and Rev. P.G. Bowman - a candidate, were in attendance, as recorded by the Darlington News, dated., May 2, 1878, to determine who would best represent the Negro in the state house and congress.

 

The Lang School, built after the Civil War, may have been in use during the period of segregation when African-American Children were forbidden by law to attend White Schools.  The school may have been in service until 1948-1949 when it was consolidated with New Providence School or when the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregated schools as being unconstitutional in May  1954.  

 

The Lang School, i.e., possibly named Pleasant Grove Elementary School, also served as Pleasant Grove Masonic Lodge #157, pictured in 1952.  The last Pleasant Grove Elementary School Principal was Mrs. Hattie Ross Williams (below).

 

 

 

 

 

Pleasant Grove Masonic Lodge #157 Members (standing in front of school at left) and Principal Hattie R. Williams.

Courtesy of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Mr. Kevin Brown, Darlington County Historical Commission,

and Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On March 9, 1893, Representative Jordan Lang died, at the age of 80.  He is buried in the cemetery that bore his surname - Lang Cemetery, the site of  his small community church.  Sadly, both locations are not open to the public due to private ownership.

 

To provide remote viewing of this location, modern technology was utilized provided by Google Earth.  An aerial photograph of Lang Cemetery at GPS coordinate 34.251362 -79.884852 is provided below:

 

 

Aerial Photo of Lang Cemetery - note white blots (headstones).

Courtesy of Darlington County Historical Commission, Darlington County Historical Museum of Ethnic Culture, 

Darlington County Library System, and Google Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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