Pendleton Foundation

for Black History & Culture


The Pendleton Foundation Board for Black History & Culture serve the people of the Pendleton area by strengthening and expanding the preservation and knowledge of the political, social, educational, economic and cultural history of Black South Carolinians of the Pendleton area, and through other services and activities as may be related or ancillary to and in furtherance of these purposes.

Keese Barn

The Keese Barn site in Pendleton, SC, was owned by Mr. Benjamin Keese. Mr. Benjamin Horace Keese was a Black businessman of Pendleton and he wanted to  provide a safe place for African Americans to fellowship and enjoy a meal. Therefore, Mr. Keese built a cafe called "The Hundreds" that served as the first eat-in restaurant and community gathering place for African Americans in Pendleton in the early 20th century. Later the Barn was expanded to two stories and included Keese's Antiques.