March 31, 2009

Fountain silhouette

Fountain by EverydayEclecticism by you.

One of the neatest things about guest photographers is the perspective change. “Seeing” a place or location through another’s eyes. I would never have thought about capturing this fountain and the museum’s flags in the same frame. Well done, Angie! And thanks so much for sharing!


November 11, 2008

Anderson Medal of Honor Recipient

Filed under: Historic District, Markers, & Flags, Library and Museum — lessie @ 6:41 pm

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A moving display at the Anderson County Museum highlights Anderson’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipient: Cpl. Freddie Stowers. Sadly, there are no known photographs of Cpl. Stowers, so the picture above is an artist’s rendition, based on a study of his family’s facial features and oral descriptions of Cpl. Stowers. I hope today’s post is an appropriate — though not adequate — tribute for Veteran’s Day.

A portion of the display reads as follows:

Cpl. Freddie Stowers was recommended soon after his death to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on September 28, 1918, at Cote 188 during the [World War I] Meuse Argonne Front. After an administrative oversight, his medal was given to his family on April 24, 1991, in a White House cerermony. President George Bush presented the Medal of Honor to his sisters. Cpl. Stowers was survived by a wife and daughter; however, efforts to locate them have failed.

Cpl Stowers is buried at Meuse Argonne Cemetery, Plot F, Row 36, Grave 40.

Another part of the display explains:

Freddie Stowers was born in Anderson County at Sandy Springs. In 1917, Mr. Stowers was drafted into the Army and reported to Camp Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, to become part of the 371st Infantry, 93rd Division.

The 93rd Division was made up of African Americans who received training at Camp Jackson and Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg. Local white residents and white officers showed displeasure at the African American soldiers’ presence and training. Their 9-week training was shortened to 6 weeks because of racial unrest in Spartanburg. The senior commanding officer, however, refused to participate in discrimination and is quoted in the display as saying “…that black soliders had always given a good account of themselve in battle and that this unit will go into combat.”

In addition to Cpl. Stowers, several African American soliders from the Anderson area and the S.C. Upstate received the Croix de Guerre from the French government for acts of bravery. They were Wilton Benson of Sandy Springs, Roy Mattison of Honea Path, Prue Sloan North of Seneca, John Henry Scotland of Iva, and Cpl. Stowers.

I have copied below the full citation of Cpl. Stowers from the Congressional Medal of Honor web site.

Corporal Stowers, distinguished himself by exceptional heroism on 28 September 1918 while serving as a squad leader in Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93d Division. His company was the lead company during the attack on Hill 188, Champagne Marne Sector, France, during World War I. A few minutes after the attack began, the enemy ceased firing and began climbing up onto the parapets of the trenches, holding up their arms as if wishing to surrender. The enemy’s actions caused the American forces to cease fire and to come out into the open. As the company started forward and when within about 100 meters of the trench line, the enemy jumped back into their trenches and greeted Corporal Stowers’ company with interlocking bands of machine gun fire and mortar fire causing well over fifty percent casualties. Faced with incredible enemy resistance, Corporal Stowers took charge, setting such a courageous example of personal bravery and leadership that he inspired his men to follow him in the attack. With extraordinary heroism and complete disregard of personal danger under devastating fire, he crawled forward leading his squad toward an enemy machine gun nest, which was causing heavy casualties to his company. After fierce fighting, the machine gun position was destroyed and the enemy soldiers were killed. Displaying great courage and intrepidity Corporal Stowers continued to press the attack against a determined enemy. While crawling forward and urging his men to continue the attack on a second trench line, he was gravely wounded by machine gun fire. Although Corporal Stowers was mortally wounded, he pressed forward, urging on the members of his squad, until he died. Inspired by the heroism and display of bravery of Corporal Stowers, his company continued the attack against incredible odds, contributing to the capture of Hill 188 and causing heavy enemy casualties. Corporal Stowers’ conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and supreme devotion to his men were well above and beyond the call of duty, follow the finest traditions of military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.





September 13, 2008


Filed under: Library and Museum — lessie @ 2:46 pm

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Above is a snap from the Anderson County Museum store. Diane Brown is the manager and such a nice, vivacious lady is she! She enthusiastically supports the museum and its store — and even develops new products. Above is a top seller: Electric City Clay. Diane reports that she had seen “special” dirt being sold at other tourist locations and wondered, “Why not sell Anderson clay as a momento?”

She gathers the red dust herself from within the city limits, packages it, corks it, and even prepares the tag, “There’s no where like Anderson, SC.” I agree. Even more true, “There’s no person like Diane Brown.” 🙂

March 18, 2008

Must visit: Anderson Co. Museum

Filed under: Library and Museum — lessie @ 3:25 pm

I couldn’t win any awards with this photo — but I had to share because I found this lady just fascinating! Alison Hinman is the curator of the Anderson County Museum, located on Greenville Street. She spoke Saturday about historic houses at the Hudson-Berry DAR meeting. I wasn’t familiar with the field of “curating” and knew even less about historic homes. She worked extensively with the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, North Carolina, (another link is here) and she described the painstaking process of ensuring each room presented accurate history to the viewer.

She also discussed the cataloging efforts at the Anderson County Museum (volunteers are needed!) and the artifacts in process. I regret saying that I’ve never visited the museum, and after hearing Ms. Hinman speak, I’m putting it on my list of must-sees. Hope you do too.

December 31, 2007

“The” Fountain

Filed under: Library and Museum, Sculptures, Statues & Art — lessie @ 6:25 pm

“The” fountain. One of those Anderson icons seen often in city fliers and web sites. Most pictures are of the entire fountain, which is quite intricate with multi-levels. Striking. Intriguing. I went up-close because the water is currently cut off for the winter. Hope to return when the weather warms. It is located on the grounds of the Anderson County Museum.

The fountain base indicates it was donated by the Anderson Civic Association in 1905. (Another date on the base is 1904.) I wonder if that organization has morphed into another since then, because I hadn’t heard of it prior. The base also says it is dedicated to the memory of Gen. Robert E. Anderson. In researching General Anderson, of whom Anderson County is named, I found an interesting biography on the Anderson County Museum Web site.

Other pictures and several of my questions about the fountain are here.

Update: I just found a neat article about the restoration of the fountain. Very interesting.

November 30, 2007

Ru “fish” Porter

Filed under: Hooked on Arts, Library and Museum — lessie @ 6:43 pm

For a while, I was quite irritated with this fish sculpture’s title. But today, as I was posting the picture, I realized — Rufus Porter, duh. Why not Google him? And like light dawning, the sculpture made sense. Rufus Porter was a 19th-century artist, inventor, even muralist. A museum dedicated to his life and work is in Bridgton, Maine. I feel warmer toward this fish sculpture now and more appreciative of its detail and style. It even makes me want to pick up a paint brush. 🙂 Currently swimming in the lobby of the Anderson County Library. A couple more shots are here.

February 15, 2007

Children’s Bench

Filed under: Library and Museum, Sculptures, Statues & Art — lessie @ 4:11 am

Back of a decorative bench located on the grounds of the Anderson County Library. I love the braids. 🙂

February 14, 2007

Small town library

Filed under: Library and Museum — lessie @ 1:31 pm

My sister, who now lives in D.C., rolled her eyes once when I referred to Anderson as a city. It IS! For South Carolina, anyway. 🙂 This library is impressive for such a “small town.” The outside is neat of course, but the inside…rows of hardbacks with colorful jackets, books on tape, a local history room…all for little ole me (and my neighbors) to enjoy. I’m proud of and grateful to the Anderson County leadership for making it a priority.

LavenderLady (a/k/a Norma 🙂 ) posted a picture of her beloved library at Sequim Daily Photo. Thanks for the inspiration, LavenderLady! 🙂

February 12, 2007

Huckleberry Finn

Filed under: Hooked on Arts, Library and Museum — lessie @ 4:19 am

Saturday and Sunday were glorious days. Coat-worthy, but beautiful. This picture shows Huckleberry Finn, one of the fish sculptures, whose residence is on the Anderson County Library grounds.

December 27, 2006


Filed under: Library and Museum, Sculptures, Statues & Art — lessie @ 3:48 am

There’s something so vulnerable and so familiar about this statue. It captures my attention and my heart each time I see it at the Anderson County Library. The title is Poetry. I should have written down the sculptor — will next time. Plan to also bring a spray bottle with me as well.

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