Category: Forgotten history

SPOTLIGHT ON: Darlington & Liberty Theaters

On April 22, 2015, Frank W. McKeel donated a thick book filled with hundreds of movie ticket stubs from the Darlington & Liberty Theaters. Inside the book, on the very first page, Mr. McKeel wrote a message to the Darlington County Historical Commission: Please…

FROM THE ARCHIVES: “The Company Store” and “That Village Isn’t There Anymore”

I found these in the Darlington Cotton Mill files. Mills, particularly Southern cotton mills, have a complicated history, and I’d like to hear more about them from firsthand sources. So if you’ve got information, an anecdote, pictures, songs, poems, or anything else on the…

“A Giver to Everyone”: Remembering Lucile H. Windham

I sometimes think of our files as children, and I bemoan the fact that some are fat and happy and receiving lots of attention, while others are skinny and sad and starved for affection. Ironically, our vast collection of files is housed in the old Darlington County Jail…

A Life of Purpose: Remembering Sue Flinn James, St. John’s High School, Class of 1930

John Updike, one of my favorite writers, once said, “I think I’d be gloomy without some faith that there is a purpose and there is a kind of witness to my life.” Well, let me stand witness: Sue Flinn James’s life had a purpose.