Clarke awarded Order of the Palmetto

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

GREENVILLE — Mable Owens Clarke has received the state’s highest civilian honor in recognition of her decades of service to her church and her community.

Clarke received the Order of the Palmetto on Thursday afternoon at the Younts Center on the campus of Furman University.

Rep. Chandra Dillard served as the ceremony’s emcee.

“We are all inspired by this remarkable woman,” Dillard said.

For 22 years, Clarke headed up monthly fish fry fundraisers to support Soapstone Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in the Liberia community of northern

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