Public invited to Thomas Sumter Day celebration


On behalf of the Sumter County Historical Society and our President Jack Fudger, I would like to extend an invitation to everyone from Sumter County and throughout the area to the Thomas Sumter Day Celebration on Sunday, May 6, at the Thomas Sumter Memorial in Dalzell.

For too many years, the memorial to Thomas Sumter out in Dalzell has not been worthy of the man our county is named for. But persistence by both the society and local government officials has paid off, and to celebrate, Sunday, May 6, has been selected as a day for the public to come out and see the new and improved site and to learn more about the life of "the Gamecock."

The society is also grateful for the help of our local state representatives Murrell Smith and Thomas McElveen along with County Administrator Gary Mixon and his staff. In addition, Adrienne Sarvis at The Sumter Item has been willing to include stories on our project to let the public know of our efforts.

Due to very limited parking, the society, with the help of Thomas Sumter Academy and Wilson Hall, will be providing complimentary shuttles to the event. Buses will begin departing both schools around 1:15 and will continue to take guests to and from the memorial site up until 4 p.m. The official program will begin at 2, but guests can come out at any time before 4 and enjoy a brief tour on the life of Thomas Sumter. Local high school students will be conducting these tours. Guests may want to consider bringing lawn chairs.

It is highly recommended to use the buses out to the site to avoid parking issues.

It has been more than 100 years since Sumter County has had a day dedicated to the life of our county's namesake. The Historical Society is hoping everyone will come out and make the May 6 event a huge success.