Legare Gravesite is Designated a Literary Landmark

Monday, April 27, 2020
United for Libraries Literary Landmark Register plaque

The gravesite of Poet James Mathewes Legare at the St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church church in Aiken is now one of six literary landmarks designated in South Carolina. These sites are listed on the National Historic Registry through United for Libraries, an affiliate of the American Library Association. Although the April 18 ceremony to induct Legare into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame was cancelled because of the current health crisis, Legare’s name was added to the list of distinguished writers.  In partnership with the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the State Library financed the marker, which makes note of Legare’s book of verse entitled “Orta Undis” or “Sprung from Waves.”