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Historic Houses of Charleston

Samuel W. Starks House


Samuel W. Starks, the first African-American in the United States to serve as a state librarian, lived in this house at 413 Shrewsbury Street. Outside West Virginia, Starks (1866-1908) was best known for his work with the Knights of Pythias. He was elected as the supreme chancellor, the lodge’s highest national office, in 1897, and was re-elected several times. Starks’s home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. It is the home of the Henry Highland Garnett Foundation.

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