The Unpainted South

The Sumter County Cultural Commission will present an exhibit of photography and poetry based on the book The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World by Selden B. Hill (photographs) and William P. Baldwin (songs and poems). The exhibit will be on display in Gallery 135 at Patriot Hall in Sumter from January 28 – March 8, 2013. A special public forum featuring the authors, historian Dr. Sammy Way, and publisher Holly Holliday will be held on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. SC Humanities supported the program through a Mini Grant in December 2012.

The Unpainted South: Carolina’s Vanishing World is a book of photographs, poetry, and songs that pays tribute to South Carolina’s rural past. Selden B. Hill is a photographer, pen and ink artist, historian, and the founding director of The Village Museum at McClellanville, SC. William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, biographer, and historian. The exhibit will display a selection of the haunting images of abandoned farmhouses, old tobacco barns, and empty main streets that are included in the book along with selected poetry.

A forum on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 will feature Selden P. Hill, William P. Baldwin, historian Dr. Sammy Way, and publisher Holly Holladay. "A Remarkable Event with Fascinating People" will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Booth Room at Patriot Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to: 803-473-5511. Learn more about the event by reading this flier:

The Sumter County Cultural Commission’s mission is to promote, produce, and provide financial support for cultural activities and arts programming for the benefit of the entire Sumter Community. Learn more:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. SC Humanities programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.


Image: Remaining Buildings on the Main Street of Lonestar, SC; Courtesy of Selden B. Hill