Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: Item photographer featured in Chinese paper

Reflections remembers the accomplishments of Heyward Crowson in China during World War II. In October of 1945, Mrs. Ruth Crowson received from her husband, who was serving in the Marine Corps, a copy of the Chinese-English Intelligence paper from … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: St. Joseph's Academy, a Sumter first

Part 2 of Reflections remembers the construction of St. Joseph's Academy and its evolution into a leading girls' academy in the South. The author utilized photos and documents from The Sumter Item archives and utilized the writings of Cassie Nicoles … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Catholic parish established in Sumter community

Reflections recognizes St. Patrick's Day and the large number of Catholic immigrants who settled in the Sumter community. The information and photos obtained for this research were taken from The Sumter Item archives. The author will reprint … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: A pictorial expose of Sumter County bridges

Reflections has conducted research on the various designs of bridges found in Sumter County. Webster's dictionary defines a bridge as "a structure built over a river, railroad, highway, etc. to provide a way across for vehicles or … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Well-rounded curriculum offered to black students

Reflections continues research on Morris College High School, focusing on the school's curriculum, moral and spiritual development of students, extracurricular activities and student participation in athletic activities available to both boys and … more

2 schools provided private education for black students in Sumter from 1895 to 1946

In celebration of Black History Month, Reflections remembers the origin of private schools for black Americans in the Sumter community. In Sumter, the only records to reference these private schools came from the "Annual Report of the State … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Stateburg developed on King's Highway

Part 2 of Reflections continues its perusal of the Stateburg community with photos of several churches and estates which comprised this historic settlement. The Stateburg community dates back to the 1700s. The research data and photos used to … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: A glimpse of historic Stateburg

Reflections visits the Stateburg community, which dates back to the 1700s. The village is on S.C. 261, or the Charleston-Camden Road, which is often referred to as the "back country road." This area was built in part by "wealthy South Carolina … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's train lines helped county grow

Reflections remembers when Sumter was considered to be a major railroad center in the South. Trains brought people and commercial trade to this emerging community. In order to house the influx of "drummers" and those arriving seeking economic … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter was once a major railroad center

Reflections remembers when Sumter was considered to be a major railroad center in the South. Trains brought people and commercial trade to this emerging community. In order to house the influx of "drummers" and those arriving seeking economic … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Neighborhood groceries were once common in Sumter

Reflections remembers the local grocery store and how this commercial icon played a key role in the daily life of most Sumterites. These institutions could be found on practically every corner of Sumter prior to the arrival of the large chain … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Lutherans established Sumter church in 1890

Reflections remembers the arrival of the Lutheran congregation to Sumter and chronicles the construction of its house of worship. Research notes that "the Lutherans organized into a congregation in Sumter on March 14, 1890, when six interested … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: American Barber Shop was a Sumter landmark

Reflections remembers the American Barber Shop which was housed on South Main Street. This tonsorial institution was a favorite Saturday gathering place for Sumter's farmers and those needing "a shave and a haircut." Wikipedia Encyclopedia … more
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