ORANGEBURG OUT OF THE PAST

JFK and South Carolina Newspaper Publishers, 1963: November 22 this week will be the 53rd anniversary of the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy. On April 4, 1963 President John F. Kennedy invited the publishers of South Carolina’s newspapers to The White House for a reception, lunch in the State Dining Room, and political discussions afterwards. Dean Livingston, the publisher of the Times and Democrat at this meeting, was totally surprised when the President told him that one of his most successful assignments in the Navy in World War II was in Orangeburg! He was sent here to oversee the installation of machine gun embattlements at the railroad trestle where the Southern Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad intersected in front of the cotton mill(today’s Zeus Industrial Products) near the fairgrounds. This was due to fears of German saboteurs destroying this junction as the railroads supplied much war materiel to the Charleston Navy Base that was to be shipped overseas for the war effort. Dean Livingston is seen in this picture in the State Dining Room on the left with his hand to his chin. 

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