A Black Lives Matter protest march assembled at the North Augusta Municipal Building at 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 20, 2020. The peaceful march led from there to the Meriwether Monument at Calhoun Park.
Organized by Brandy Mitchell, the march was approved by city council in its regular meeting on June 15.
WFXG video coverage of the event
The Meriwether Monument, located in Calhoun Park, was erected in 1916 in memory of a man who died during the Hamburg Massacre. It somehow fails to name or even acknowledge the seven others who were killed:
- Allen Attaway
- Jim Cook
- Albert Myniart
- Nelder Parker
- Moses Parks
- David Phillips
- Hampton Stephens
Do you hear the phrase ‘archival file box’ and think ‘tedious’ and ‘plodding’? Well, who knew what power and drama lie within, as revealed by Robert Caro’s Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives.
Caro has been writing a multi-volume biography of LBJ. Since 1976. Now in his 80s, and halfway through the last volume, he plans to follow up with a memoir of his writing career. Just in case something happens before he gets that perfect, he has written a powerful snippet of his investigations within the LBJ Library in Austin, and on the ground in Johnson City, TX.
Robert Caro’s Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives – or simply, Turn Every Page
Now that we know archival research can be powerful, enjoy the comedy! Snag a copy of Sarah Bird’s Alamo House at your favorite place, be it library or online. The main character catalogs file boxes at the LBJ Library, and finds that people will save anything.
Mayor Pettit presented his report to North Augusta City Council on November 12, 2018. His basic conclusion was that an amendment to the site in front of Lookaway Hall is necessary.
I am not involved in this, but have the information that Bob Pettit, North Augusta Mayor, will conduct a special called meeting on Monday, November 12 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to make recommendations for the Meriwether monument. I assume it will be in the council room at the municipal building. This monument has been a ‘topic of fiery discussion’ since a presentation by Ken J. Makin before the city council in September, 2017. At that time Mayor Pettit replied “Now that I know what it says, I am appalled”.
This is North Augusta’s hunt, but I can venture that Mayor Pettit has taken the issue seriously, considering much advice, and will have a worthy proposal.
1916 article about the original placement of the monument
Wayne O’Bryant’s take
An outsider’s impression
1916 McKie Weriwether Monument in North Augusta. Photo credit: Tim Dominick – The State/MCT
People shouldn’t have to risk their lives to look at South Carolina Railroad and Hamburg historical markers. Plus, if one of them is missing, how about getting another one, like it was important or something.
Wait no longer! They have been relocated to a safe-as-houses location nearby, and you no longer have to risk a major rear-ender to pull over and check it out. Plus the one that was stolen years ago, for whatever reason, has been replaced. Thanks to Milledge Murray of the North Augusta Heritage Council, and Allen Riddick of the Aiken County Historical Society!
Henry Shultz will rant before the Aiken Historical Society on Sunday, September 16 2018 at 3:00 in the Gaston Livery Stable. This may be a good occasion to pick up some back story on Hamburg and the South Carolina Rail Road.
He will continue his Aiken campaign with a class given to the Academy For Lifelong Learning. This will be Thursday, September 20 2018 at 2:00 in 106 Penland, University of South Carolina Aiken, on the topic Henry Shultz and Augusta’s Reinvention.
A term in recent vogue is ‘disruption’, as in ‘disruptive technology’. The idea is not recent. Augusta maintained economic strength through the 18th and 19th centuries through repeated disruption and reinvention. This did not always come easily or willingly, and on numerous occasions was driven by an enemy bent on revenge – the eccentric Henry Shultz. This class will develop the currents of this area’s economy over its first one and a half centuries, and demonstrate how a vendetta backfired for the benefit of the entire region.
Herr Shultz will shade his enemies with sharp words Monday, March 5 2018 at 7:00 PM, at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Graniteville, which is on Canal St as you enter the center of town from Route 1. This is a regular meeting of the Horse Creek Historical Society. There’s good word on the street about pre-meeting munchies!
Lots in beautiful downtown Hamburg, from the 1835 plat. Mercer Street is now called Sandpit Road.
Shultz would have loved Facebook. He was huge into working the media. He showered the South Carolina legislature with memorials asking for money and privileges, and had the memorials broadcast to newspapers across both states. And he loved writing articles to newspapers which must have considered them great copy, because Shultz didn’t pay his bills. Responding to a call for claims on Shultz, A. H. Pemberton – editor of the Augusta Chronicle – presented a statement listing 33 insertions from 1825 to 1831 that had never been paid for.
‘Equity Between Men’, advertising a sale of lots throughout Hamburg, appeared in the Chronicle on March 15, 1826.
It seems that Henry Shultz is in high demand to scare the wits out of little children. I am not sure why, he just wants to have a little fun, and if he has trouble getting over a few guys that have done him a bad turn, well, that is their problem.
Anyway, Shultz makes a ghostly appearance along with four more notable or unsettled characters of local history on Friday, October 13 at the Aiken County Historical Museum. Pulses in the ether will keep him going from 7 to 9 PM. Call (803) 642-2015 for information, or jump right in and schedule a place in the seance at Eventbrite – Banksia After Dark.
According to recent news reports, this monument has come before the North Augusta City Council. The audacious sentiments carved upon it glorify the Hamburg Massacre, an ugly racial incident that paved the way for a century-long Jim Crow regime in South Carolina.