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Blanding served the Sumter community

The ensuing issue of Reflections provides a brief sketch of the life of Col. James D. Blanding. According to a publication titled "Men of the Times," Blanding was one of Sumter's most respected law professionals, and he died more than a century ago; … more

Tilting once popular in Sumter

Reflections remembers the revival of Tilting (also known as Lancing), a sport which tested riding skills and eye-hand coordination. This ancient display of medieval skills which had its origin in jousting tournaments found its way into prominence in … more

Historian Myers remembers Sumter Thanksgiving past

Reflections pays tribute to one of Sumter's most recognized and remembered historians, Portia Myers. Our community was blessed to have Mrs. Myers, whose writings have informed and educated our populace for years. With the arrival of Thanksgiving, … more

Reflections: Celebrating 150 years of worship at Sumter's First Baptist Missionary Church

Reflections celebrates 150 years of worship with First Baptist Missionary Church on the corner of Washington and Dingle streets. According to Cassie Nicholes in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, this house of worship is often referred to as "a … more

Celebrate Veterans Day at military display

Reflections pays tribute to the Sumter veterans who have served our country. Many of their images are housed at the Veterans Display, a facility in the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center at 129 S. Harvin St., Suite No. 2. The residents of … more

Columbia to Sumter in 3 hours

Reflections looks back at a remarkable achievement of one of Sumter's well-known residents, Aubrey Hatfield. The following article was featured in The Sumter Daily Item in April of 1943 and is being reprinted with a degree of editing. The photos … more

Sumter's early schools stood together

Reflections takes a look back at the history of a single city block, bounded by Liberty Street, Hampton Avenue, Church Street and Washington Street, which was the site of three early schools, the city's first public library and Temple Sinai. 1) … more

H. L. Scarborough: 'A man of many interests'

Reflections recalls the life and times of Henry Lee Scarborough, one of Sumter's most involved citizens. H. L. Scarborough contributed greatly to the social, economic and cultural development of Sumter. His numerous accomplishments continue to have … more

Building bridges to the future

Reflections returns with the second installment of a two-part series about Sumter's various bridges. Many of these structures were built several years ago while others are recent additions. Photos used in preparing this article were taken from The … more

Sumter has a variety of bridges

Wikipedia defines a bridge as a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be … more

St. Mark's United Methodist Church: 125 years of service

Reflections joins in celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gobe Smith once described the building of a church as "hard work, faith and confidence in the worthiness of the cause." Members of St. Mark's … more

Japanese mini sub stopped in Sumter

Reflections remembers when the American Legion Post No. 15 sponsored a two-man Japanese suicide submarine as an exhibit on Main Street in April of 1944. The sub captured after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was used to urge the … more

Wilson helped create opportunities for children

Reflections remembers the contributions of Emma Wilson to the field of education. This daughter of slaves incorporated her desire for knowledge to create institutions of learning to benefit those around her. She spent the majority of her life … more
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