Old Orangeburg County Jail – Orangeburg, South Carolina
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The old Orangeburg County Jail, also called the “pink palace,” was built in 1860. Union General William Sherman made the jail his headquarters during the occupation of Orangeburg in 1865 during the Civil War. When the Union soldiers finally left the city, Sherman set the building on fire.
Luckily, the jail was only partially destroyed by the fire, and was rebuilt in 1867. In 1921 it was remodeled, and was still used as the official county jail until 1980.
SCIWAY thanks Jerry Bridgers, who submitted this painting in 2010. Jerry writes: “The building is impressive and this painting depicts the stormy period of history where a jail would be a focal point of the emotions.”