ANDERSON — On October 16th The Anderson County Museum (ACM) Advisory Committee will celebrate the 15th year Anniversary of inducting deserving individuals into the Hall of Fame. In 2018 we are honoring John Martin in addition to highlighting all 35 Hall of Fame recipients since the induction began in 2003.

The ACM Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Anderson County Council. Mr. Martin was chosen by the Advisory Hall of Fame Committee which made their selection from 20 outstanding applications. Nominees must be deceased at least 10 years before they are eligible to be nominated. John Martin was nominated by Dr. Julia Barnes. When asked about the nomination of Mr. Martin, Dr. Barnes said “Anderson County gave a significant contribution to South Carolina’s effort in the war of 1812. Unfortunately in 2018, our county’s participation is nearly forgotten. Colonel John Martin was a continuation of the tradition of Anderson County citizens making a significant personal sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedom.”

Born about a half mile from Ebenezer Methodist Church on September 1, 1793, John Martin was known for his military career and civil leadership. At the age of nineteen, he volunteered in Captain Thompson’s company, made up of men from Pendleton and Abbeville, with whom he served through the War of 1812. He also built a reputation as a law maker and became a representative in the State Legislature in 1832. In the years leading up to the Civil War, Martin emerged as a proponent of Secession. In 1860, he was a delegate from Anderson County to the State Convention which drafted and signed the Ordinance of Secession.

John Martin lived out his days in the same place he had been born. He and his wife, Cinthia Rutledge, had a total of sixteen children, though five of them died early deaths. John passed away on December 28, 1880 and was buried at Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery. His leadership brought Anderson County and South Carolina through many of their most formative years and saw to the building of a more united nation after our most divisive conflict.

The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on October 16th followed by a reception. “This year’s ceremony will also feature the previous 35 Hall of Fame inductees as we celebrate 15 years of the Hall of Fame,” said Director Beverly Childs. “The ceremony and reception is free and open to the public. We hope many past recipient’s families will attend.”

Applications are now available for the 2019 Hall of Fame at the ACM or on the ACM Website The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Roper Research Room is open 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and by appointment with the Curator. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Museum at (864) 260-4737.

MEDIA CONTACT: Beverly Childs, ACM Director