Historian, activist will speak at Sumter library

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 1/31/18

Sumter County Library will begin its observance of Black History Month with a presentation by George E. Frierson III on "Heroes and Unsung Heroes, Men of Courage and Power" on Saturday, Feb. 10. The 3 p.m. program in the …

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Sumter County Library will begin its observance of Black History Month with a presentation by George E. Frierson III on "Heroes and Unsung Heroes, Men of Courage and Power" on Saturday, Feb. 10. The 3 p.m. program in the library's main meeting room, adjacent to the children's department, is free and open to the public.

Frierson, a native of Alcolu, is a historian and activist who is perhaps best known for leading the movement that in 2014 exonerated George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old black youth convicted and executed in 1944 for the killing of two young white girls. He continues to study and lecture on the history and contributions of black Americans during all periods in American history.

The Feb. 10 program will focus on the period surrounding the American Revolution, " (bringing) to light some of the unsung heroes that are not commonly published or known to the average citizen."

Frierson noted that "America received its independence in 1776, and there are many great men and women who made this achievement possible . However, there were many unsung and unknown persons of African descent who were also pillars and backbones in the birth of this nation."

Born in Alcolu, Frierson was educated in the Clarendon County public school system, holds college degrees in accounting and business management and served honorably in the U.S. Army. He has served as treasurer of the Clarendon County Democratic Party and vice chairman of the Clarendon County School District 3 Board of Trustees and is a chaplain with the South Carolina Caucus of Black School Board Members.

A lifelong member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Alcolu, Frierson is married to the former Laura Brayboy, and they have three children.

Frierson cites "reading, reading, reading" as his favorite hobby along with a passion for history. He continues his work in promoting Black History year round with lectures on the full achievements of blacks in history.

Sumter County Library presents historian George E. Frierson III speaking on "Heroes and Unsung Heroes, Men of Courage and Power" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the main meeting room of the library, 111 S. Harvin St. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Gregory G. Johnson, Reference and Information Services Coordinator, at (803) 773-7273, or visit www.sumtercountylibrary.org.