Savage-Glover School was a favorite spot for recreation

By SAMMY WAY
Posted 9/9/18

This is the second in a two-part series that focuses on summer activities that youth enjoyed in Sumter. This part features those attending Savage-Glover to participate in its "Splash Parties." Part one, published Sept. 2, highlighted the wading pool …

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Savage-Glover School was a favorite spot for recreation

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This is the second in a two-part series that focuses on summer activities that youth enjoyed in Sumter. This part features those attending Savage-Glover to participate in its "Splash Parties." Part one, published Sept. 2, highlighted the wading pool at Memorial Park.

Another of the favorite summer playgrounds was at Savage-Glover School "which was the black division and one of the four parks that were opened by the newly formed recreational association in 1940."

"The Savage-Glover grounds proved to be one of the most successful of the four grounds, according to Director Bill Clark. He noted that the school grounds were always filled with children from the time they opened at 9 a.m. until they closed at 6 p.m. in the afternoon." One of the activities favored by the children was "splash parties" made possible by the city firemen in cooperation with the playgrounds. The park director made these affairs possible by borrowing fire hoses from the department.

"The parents of the children knew that when they sent their children to the school that they were doing something worthwhile and constructive, and they also knew that they were being kept off the streets, as noted by supervisor Lila Shelton. The parents expressed their appreciation to supervisor Conyers time and again and expressed hope that the parks would open every summer."

Having years of experience, Lila Shelton and Ulysses Conyers, who supervised the children at play, were college graduates and were well equipped to direct the children. Both were connected with the WPA, and this relationship made it possible to keep the grounds open until school started whereas the other three grounds in the system could only run the scheduled eight weeks.