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Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

  • 25 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Anna Short Harrington (1897-1955) - The Aunt Jemima story

Editor's note -  Last week it was announced that the Quaker Oats company is "retiring" its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups due to pressure over the racial stereotype presented by the packaging.  The Aunt Jemima line has a connection with Marlboro County, as one of the ladies hired to portray the fictional cook was Anna Short Harrington, a native of the Wallace area.  
Aliyah Perkins, who is the great-great niece of Harrington, contacted the Herald-Advocate, regarding her relative's place in history.
"We don't want the company to take the Aunt Jemima name away," Perkins said in regards to her family's feelings on the decision to re-brand the product line.  "It is like they are erasing her from history."
The following is an article by local historian John Troy McQueen about Anna Short Harrington.  It originally appeared in the December 25, 2014 edition of the Herald-Advocate.

Marlboro County has six new cases of COVID-19

Six new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marlboro County on Sunday (June 21), according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
These cases put the number of cases at 267 in the county.
 

Marlboro County has eight new cases of COVID-19

Eight new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Marlboro County on Saturday (June 20), according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
This put the number of cases in the county at 261.

Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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Lt. Gov. Evette comes to county to motivate officials for Census Day of Action

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette wanted everyone to know that the census affects all of our lives.
“Every county in South Carolina needs to be counted,” she said.
Evette spoke during the Marlboro County Census Call to Action community meeting Monday at the Bennettsville Community Center.
South Carolina is 39th in the country for its response to the 2020 Census.
“Most of our programs are federally funded,” Evette said.
Her goal was for 10,000 South Carolina households to complete the census during Wednesday’s South Carolina Census Day of Action.
This would represent an approximate two-percent increase in the state’s census response.
On Wednesday, volunteers were all over the county at locations encouraging people to complete their 2020 Census.
Everett noted everyone would have to live with the consequences of these numbers for the next 10-years especially when we are making important changes in our state with broadband, roads, schools, and healthcare.

‘Drive-in’ fireworks set for June 27

  • 18 June 2020
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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The City of Bennettsville's annual Independence Day Fireworks show will go on as planned next Saturday, June 27 at Lake Paul Wallace.  The 20-minute show will begin at 9:30.
"We believe that our community deserves to have this celebration.  Of course, there have to be restrictions in place to enforce social distancing but we have made accommodations that will allow us to continue this tradition," said Elisabeth McNiel, the director of Tourism, Parks and Recreation for the city.
They are calling this year's show "drive-in fireworks."
"Unlike previous years, there won't be activities on the beach or a band to entertain the crowd prior to the show.  Everyone will be asked to stay in or at their vehicles to watch the fireworks," she said.
To enhance viewing from other locations, the show's soundtrack will be broadcast on a low-power FM station.

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