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Moving planes to Shaw Field in 1941

Reflections remembers the trans-continental flight of the BT 13-A training aircraft. These planes were used to train young cadets the principles of flight at the new flight school in Sumter. Shaw Field's acquisition of trainer aircraft remains one … more

Shaw Air Force Base named for Sumter pilot

Reflections remembers Lt. Ervin D. Shaw, who was killed on July 9, 1918, during World War I. He and his gunman were on a mission to locate troops, guns and equipment behind German lines. His plane was attacked by three enemy scout planes and shot … more

Sumter Community Hospital built on Broad Street

Reflections remembers the contributions made by the Sumter Community Hospital, constructed on the outskirts of the Sumter community in 1949. The hospital's intended purpose was to alleviate overcrowding at Tuomey Hospital, allowing more black … more

Sumter had several popular swimming holes

Reflections remembers several of the favorite swimming facilities which existed in Sumter during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Weekends would find hundreds of young and old patrons at Pocalla Springs, Second Mill or Poinsett Park swimming … more

Remembering Sumter's North Main Street

Reflections returns to the origin of the town of Sumter and remembers one of its first streets, North Main. According to information obtained from an article which appeared in an issue of The Item, when "the town of Sumter was laid out in the early … more

Sumterites played key roles in D-Day invasion

Reflections remembers two Sumter men, who like thousands of others from across the nation took part in the massive D-Day invasion. Sim T. Wright and Bertrand Waring would take an active role in this most remembered Allied assault on "Fortress … more

Sumter nurse spearheaded free milk program

Reflections focuses on the contributions made by Miss Antonia Gibson for the children of Sumter. Her unwavering commitment to improving the standard of health of Sumter's citizens earned her numerous awards and accolades. This article focuses on her … more

Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

According to a Memorial Day website,, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember those who died while serving the United States of America. The site notes that there are more than two dozen … more

Iris Festival is lengthy tradition in Sumter

In celebration of the 78th year of the Iris Festival, the country's longest-running continuous festival, Reflections presents slides taken by the late Hubert D. Osteen in 1948 and 1949 of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the festival parade. The festival … more

Sumter's 1st car was a Locomobile

Reflections remembers research done on the arrival of the automobile in the Sumter community. An article published in 1963 by reporter Jobie Dixon presents an insightful perspective on this event. Additional resources were taken from The Sumter Item … more

Downs and touchdowns: The 1943 SHS football team

Reflections remembers the 1943 Sumter High football team. This unit consisted of a small, inexperienced group of young men who played football during one of the most trying periods in American history. The seniors on this team realized that at the … more

Women take to the air during World War II

Reflections will utilize an article written in 1943 concerning the early WASP squadrons and discuss their achievements and contributions to the World War II effort. This article was written by NEA Staff Correspondent Ann Stevick and will be … more

Civic Center brings changes to Sumter

This issue of Reflections focuses on the changes wrought by the construction of the Sumter Civic Center. We have asked our readers to identify 15 buildings from a photo of Sumter's skyline circa 1970, which may have been altered or torn down. The … more
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