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A visit to Greenville's segregated past

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In common with the rest of the south, the black and white children in Greenville County schools once went to separate schools under the "separate but equal" doctrine.  That changed in 1970 when Greenville County Schools began court ordered integration. The all-white schools ceased to be all-white, and the all-black schools were closed (with a few exceptions). Yesterday I visited two of these former schools inside the city of Greenville.

Update 1/30/2016: Allen School has been torn down.

Allen School is situated on Cemetery Street near Richland Cemetery. According to a history of the school, this school was built in 1936 with funding from the WPA.

Allen School came to my attention when looking for information about Sterling High. A Google search result returned a link to a book about Greenville County from the Black America series. While reading about Sterling High from the preview, I read over the rest of the chapter and found out about Allen School. This book is now on my w…

A park and a sawmill

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Today I took a quick tour of two historic places near each other in Greenville, Herdklotz Parkoff Beverly Road, and Lawkin's Sawmill off Graves Drive.

Today I made a quick tour of two historic places near Greenville. First was Herdklotz Parklocated off of Beverly Road. I've been here before several times, but never before with my camera.

I knew the place used to be the site of a tuberculosis hospital, but this helpful sign fills provides more details:

In 1930, Hopewell Hospital was built to care for tuberculosis patients. The hospital closed in the early 1970s, becoming a correctional facility which also eventually closed. Most of the hospital burned down in 2001. Herdklotz Park opened on this site in 2007 with a granite memorial commemorating the site's past, and the original boiler room preserved but sealed behind the masonry.

While I was there, I also walked the short loop trails.

The picnic shelter was busy with a get together of some sort.

I also took a few minutes…

Mapping with umap

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I've been a user of Google's map making services from it's now retired Classic My Maps  to Google Maps Engine Lite, now renamed to My Maps. Their service is mostly fine for my meager needs, but some features seemed either incomplete or artificially crippled to get you to upgrade to their paid version. Quite by chance, I found uMap. uMap is software that lets you create a layered map, with an OpenStreetMap map as the background layer, and embed the map on your website. I had to try it!

The wiki for umap lists several sites hosting the software. I picked the first one one the list, http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/. The home page (as of the posting date) should look something like this screenshot from Google Chrome:

You can create maps without creating an account, but if you lose the special edit link you are SOL. I opted to create an account.

To do this, I chose the "Log In / Sign In" button at the top of the page. A window appeared on the right hand side with a choic…