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Businessman Vardry McBee known as Father of Greenville

Vardry McBee (1775-1864) was a businessman, philanthropist and industrialist who built a textile mill along the banks of the Reedy River.

Known as the Father of Greenville, McBee is credited with constructing more than 100 buildings in Greenville County.

McBee gave land to ...

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Joel R. Poinsett was a physician, botanist and American statesman

Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779-December 12, 1851) was a member of the United States House of Representatives, the first United States Minister to Mexico (the United States did not appoint ambassadors until 1896), a U.S. Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren and a ...

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Shoeless Joe gets downtown spot

A life-size statue of baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson rests in Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza in the West End.

The city has honored Shoeless Joe, its famous native son, with a weeklong celebration for the past few years.

Artist Doug Young worked on ...

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Statue of Charles Townes captures 'Oh boy!' moment

The breakthrough formula that led to the invention of the laser hit Charles Townes as he sat on a Washington, D.C., park bench 55 years ago.

The Greenville native remembers thinking, "Oh boy!"

Townes described the moment on Saturday shortly before his ...

Downtown sculptures bring our past to life

When most people think of sculpture, Greenville is not the first town that comes to mind.

But the city is as full of lively artwork as it is of people and business. These sculptures range from realistic statues of famous folk to abstract sculptures ...

Pete Hollis' contributions to education made him a hero

Pete Hollis' story should inspire the "C" students of the world -- or at least console their parents.

Lawrence Peter Hollis was poorly prepared academically for the rigors of the University of South Carolina when he entered in 1901. The farm boy from Chester ...

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Max Heller, the visionary behind downtown's rebirth

When Max Heller was elected mayor in 1971, Greenville's Main Street was a collection of vacant buildings and empty streets. Main Street was a four-lane thoroughfare that made it difficult for visitors to park but easy for them to escape what had once been the ...

Max Heller statue stands in Legacy Plaza

The Mayor Max Heller Sculpture in Legacy Plaza — a bronze sculpture that captures the energy and affability of Heller, was dedicated May 28, 2009, on a day set aside to honor the man who decades ago wanted his adopted hometown to become more than ...

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Greenville County named for Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene

A 7-foot bronze statue of Major General Nathanael Greene, who led American troops in the South during the Revolutionary War, stands in The Greenville News plaza at the corner of Broad and South Main streets.

Greene, who was appointed by George Washington in 1780 ...

 
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