Cleveland School Fire
"SCHOOL FIRE MEMORY"
This page is in memory of all those that died in the "Cleveland School Fire" in Kershaw County of South Carolina. It was on May 17, 1923, when about 300 members of the community gathered in the Cleveland school auditorium to watch the school's commencement play. My Granddaddy "Dave" was there and helped in the rescue of others that were able to escape. Dave had many members of his family to die in the tragedy. Dave talked about it and after His death in 1976 due to natural causes, I wrote my first poem about his life. Dave had a great influence upon my life and the lives of many other folks around our community: However, he never gave up on life but trusted in Jesus to see him through. The poem will tell you about this a little more.