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Mayor John DouglasJohn H. Douglas

 


2004, Mayor of Chesterfield, South Carolina.

First appointed aged 22.

 

Chesterfield Mayor John Douglas has been named (2009) one of three South Carolina mayors to serve on the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s (MASC) Municipal Oversight Task Force.

 

Referring to 805 West Main Street, West Main Street, Chesterfield, South Carolina, USA:
John Douglas’ great-grandmother King lived here when I was young. Lucile King Douglas (John’s grandmother) and Cheryl Hancock Douglas’ mother Willie Faye lived here. At one time, the Snipes had a childcare in the house.

Mayor John Douglas lives here today.

 

John Douglas has served as mayor of his hometown for 14 years. He recognizes that Chesterfield’s historic assets should be cherished and protected—and that they can be used to attract visitors and future residents and help grow the downtown business district. His tenure includes numerous preservation accomplishments. He helped establish the local appearance commission that oversees new construction, demolitions, and exterior alterations within historic districts. He next applied for and received Certified Local Government (CLG) status for the Town of Chesterfield, a program which promotes preservation through partnerships with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. The town purchased and preserved Craig Park, which features Craig Hut, built by the Works Progress Administration in 1935, and one of the only remaining WPA built log structures in South Carolina. In 2005 he oversaw the restoration of a school built in 1954 that housed the African-American students during the time of segregation. The building now serves as the YMCA for all of the town’s citizens. Also in 2005 he began a campaign to save the Old County Courthouse, rebuilt in 1884 after the original was burned by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War. The courthouse had been abandoned since the new courthouse was built in 1977 and was marked for demolition. The town landmark now serves many purposes. Chesterfield was one of the first towns in South Carolina to receive “Preserve America Community” designation, and in 2007 the Town received a Preserve America grant to implement a new tourism strategy. Mayor Douglas recently participated in the S.C. Mayors Institute for Community Design Colloquium to gain further guidance in preserving his hometown.

 

In 2008, he was awarded the Elected Official Honor Award, which is presented to an individual elected official in recognition of significant achievements or landmark efforts in the support of historic preservation in South Carolina.

 

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