Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses

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Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

By Caitlyn McGuire July 22, 2013 At first sight, Columbia looks like a city composed of a large football stadium, some office towers and numerous fast-food chains. Except for a few exceptions, like the Vista, over the past few decades redevelopment has largely meant out with the old and in with the new. This was… Read More Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past

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Wheeler Hill couple remembers thriving African-American neighborhood

By Caitlyn McGuire July 9, 2013 From the front porch of their Pickens Street house, Frances and Matthew Addison can look out at what seems to be an almost ideal city neighborhood tucked away just beside USC’s campus. Along Wheeler Hill’s winding roads are tall brick houses, neighbors washing their cars and walking their dogs,… Read More Wheeler Hill couple remembers thriving African-American neighborhood

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