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The creator of Memorial Park was Julia Lester Dillon. Sumter's first city park, a serene place of beauty and contemplation, was planned by the city fathers to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The park was designed … more
This issue of Reflections looks back at the arrival of Wesmark Cinema to Sumter almost a half century ago. This beautiful structure, owned by Carmike Theaters, was located in the Wesmark Plaza Shopping Center; Sumter's second such facility opening … more
Among Sumter's greatest sports achievements were the YMCA Green Dragon swim team and basketball teams. These teams were created and coached by Austin Francis, undoubtedly one of the most successful and creative individuals to work in athletics. The … more
This issue of Reflections features photographs that capture a roof-top perspective of the buildings and streets of Sumter from the seventh floor of Sumter's first skyscraper. This vantage point has been used by numerous photographers to capture a … more
This issue of Reflections features a story written by Nelle C. Wells on one of the most beautiful and enduring architectural treasures constructed in the Southeast. El Recuerdo is the beautiful, historic plantation home located about three and … more
Free education can trace its origin to 1792 when provision was made in the states for the establishment for free schools; however, most states could not bear the cost of such a mandate. Those with the financial resources would send their children to … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the world's energy crisis that occurred primarily in the major industrial countries during the 1970s. The cost and availability of gasoline had a devastating effect on most Americans during this time. Documents … more
This issue of Reflections reports on a major boating disaster which occurred on the Wateree River. The article was initially published in the Columbia Register and later ran in the Watchman and Southron. The story also appeared in The New York Times … more
Today Reflections, in conjunction with Black History month, celebrates a number of achievements of Sumter's black population. These ensuing articles present events and accomplishments that highlight the contributions made to the Sumter community by … more
Football has become an essential part of the lives of millions of Americans as high school stadiums are filled on Friday nights, and dedicated college alumni venture to support their alma maters on Saturday nights. Sunday afternoons are scheduled … more
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