Tag Archives: Greenville SC

When he drew his magic bow against his violin’s strings

During the 1870s, William Murphy of Greenville, S. C., wandered through these mountains making music every day. He, like Stephen Foster, was regarded as a half-vagabond, but he was tolerated for the pleasure his enchanted violin gave whenever he drew his magic bow across its strings. There can be little doubt that men of his […]


The Swamp Rabbit engineer had to back up a mile to retrieve a lost cow-catcher

GREENVILLE OF OLD by Charles A. David Greenville News July 18, 1926 You may name your boy Percival, Algernon, or Montmoresst, but if some chap at school dubs him “Sorrel-top,” “Bully,” or “Buster,” the nick-name will stick and his real name forgotten. So it has been with this little railroad–its owners christened it the Carolina, […]


New play ‘The Last Lynching’ chronicles largest lynching trial in US history

In February 1947, Willie Earle hired a taxicab to take him home from Greenville, SC, to Liberty, about 20 minutes away. Early the next morning, the driver, Thomas Watson Brown, lay dying in a Greenville hospital. Soon, Earle was charged with stabbing Brown and was taken to the nearby Pickens jail. About the same time that Watson finally succumbed to his wounds, Earle’s body was found mutilated by the side of a lonely, frosty road.

Willie Earle was black. Only hours after he’d been arrested at his mother’s home and taken to jail, 31 white cab drivers snatched him from his cell, drove him to a vacant lot next to a slaughterhouse and blew his brains out. In subsequent statements to federal authorities, they all confessed.

Three months later, an all-white jury acquitted all 31 defendants.

The trial drew international and national attention.


‘Miss Jim’ blazed new trail for women in upstate SC

For a gently reared Greenville girl, preparing for a career as a teacher or as a “typewriter” (a secretary) was questionable. Becoming an attorney was unthinkable. One of Miss Jim’s classmates said that after graduation she returned home because “In those days a girl didn’t take a job out of the home unless her father couldn’t support her.”


Flow Chart — a look at how Greenville, SC’s Reedy River shaped that city

The Reedy River put Greenville on the map—and, like its meandering currents and rushing falls, is the centerpiece for its rise, fall, and triumphant rise again. It has humble beginnings. Greenville’s Reedy River starts with a few springs seeping out of the ground just north in Travelers Rest off Ebenezer Church Road. It gathers strength, breadth, and force as it flows—touching thousands of lives by the time it reaches its most prominent feature in the heart of the city. It meanders for 16 miles to Lake Conestee, ultimately continuing for another 57 miles to Lake Greenwood.

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