Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams and his wife, Erika, visited The Museum in Uptown Greenwood on Friday night for the opening of the Greenwood History Exhibit. The Adamses talk with The Museum executive director Stacey Thompson about the photographs in a display case in the lobby of the Museum. (Joseph Sitarz | Index-Journal)
Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams and his wife, Erika, stood in front of an aerial photograph of Main Street in Uptown Greenwood when it had what was considered the widest street in the world. The couple was looking for their home near Main Street United Methodist Church on Cambridge Avenue.
The picture, circa 1954, they were looking at is part of the collection of photographs on display as part of the Greenwood History Exhibit, which opened in the lobby of The Museum in Uptown Greenwood on Friday.
"I think it's really important for everyone to know their past and try to envision where Greenwood came from," the mayor said. "For me, it gives a real sense of being connected to be able to look at these old photos and figure out where these old buildings were."The great thing is, there's some still standing," Adams said. "It really gives you a perspective on the whole town. I think its really important for us to preserve the buildings that are here so that my children and grandchildren can come back here and figure it all out."
The aerial photograph was a popular stop Friday.
Larry Massey and Libby Ouzts also spent some time in front of the photograph.
"The parts of the picture he was pointing out I remember," said Ouzts, who came to Greenwood in 1971 to attend Lander College, as it was back then. "It's very different. I enjoy history."
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