ORANGEBURG OUT OF THE PAST

Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. Of this July 1955 photo, Williams writes: “Sulton Esso Gas Station on East Russell Street was located in the heart of the Black community. Owned by civil rights activists James E. Sulton Sr. and his brother Roy, the business was victimized by the White Citizens’ Council for the brothers’ leadership effort in getting signers for the school integration petition. Gasoline suppliers and soft drink bottlers stopped making deliveries when the Sultons refused to relinquish their efforts.”  The new book can be purchased via Williams’ website cecilwilliams.com and Amazon.

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