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Latta in Dillon County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Post Office and General Store

(Latta, S.C.)

 
 
Post Office and General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Post Office and General Store Marker
Inscription. In rural communities throughout the country, the local general store was the focal point of town activities. Not only did these stores serve to provide the necessities of life, they offered a gathering point for the exchange of information and more often than not where they would post and pick up their mail. The Bethea Store and Post Office was one such community center. The building has been restored through a grant provided by the Latta School District and furnished much the same way as it would have been during Robert Bethea's time. All items have been contributed or on loan from local citizens.

Robert Rose Bethea
[Picture included] Robert Rose Bethea was born in Marion County on May 14, 1858 and as an African American grew up in an era with one foot in the past and one with the potential for a bright future for someone willing to work hard and persevere. Bethea attended Marion County schools and tradition says he was an avid reader and strong believer in education. His beliefs in education and hard work were to lead him to a successful career as a local merchant and community leader. He was active with his church Weston Chapel and Masonic Lodge. It was because of this dedication to community that he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to become Postmaster in July 1890. This was quite an honor for an
Robert Rose Bethea image. Click for full size.
By Post Office and General Store Marker, July 15, 2011
2. Robert Rose Bethea
African American in an era of growing Jim Crow legislation. Bethea ran the Post Office from this store on Main Street until February 1893.
 
Erected by Town Council Latta S.C.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Postal Mail and Philately marker series.
 
Location. 34° 20.31′ N, 79° 26.055′ W. Marker is in Latta, South Carolina, in Dillon County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 917) near North Marion Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Latta SC 29565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr. (here, next to this marker); The Latta Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Vidalia Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Dillon County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta Library: A Carnegie Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Latta's Railroad Story (within shouting distance of this marker); The Edwards House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catfish Creek Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Latta.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Two other marker pictures image. Click for full size.
By Post Office and General Store Marker, July 15, 2011
3. Two other marker pictures
Left: Note the crowd gathered outside the Latta Dry Goods Company located in the Latta Hotel in downtown Latta. The concept of the general store being a gathering place for local citizens carried into the early 20th century. Right: This sketch of a late 19th century rural country store reflects how Robert Bethea's store served the community in a multifunctional nature as s center of commerce, communication, social interaction and post office. ( Courtsey of Smithsonian Institution.)
Post Office and General Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
4. Post Office and General Store Marker
Post Office and General Store and Marker, seen along West Main Street at North Marion Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
5. Post Office and General Store and Marker, seen along West Main Street at North Marion Street
Post Office and General Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 15, 2011
6. Post Office and General Store and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 519 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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