Levi Byrd

Plumber and NAACP leader

Levi G. Byrd (1891-1985), a plumber from Cheraw, South Carolina, began organizing a state conference of NAACP branches by inviting twenty-nine local NAACP branches to meet at Benedict College in Columbia on November 10, 1939. Together, they created a statewide conference. Byrd served as the state NAACP treasurer through the 1970s. He was a central leader in the national NAACP’s Civil Rights efforts in South Carolina and worked to strengthen the NAACP throughout the state by promoting statewide advocacy and Civil Rights efforts.

Image courtesy of South Caroliniana Library

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