American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities
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U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn represents the 6th District of South Carolina. Many thanks to the congressman and his staff for coordinating the South Carolina “American Conversations” visits.


Lake City United Methodist Church is embedded in the larger Lake City, South Carolina, community which is centered on Lake Pepin, the largest natural lake on the Upper Mississippi River.

Summerton High School in Summerton, South Carolina, is the only school still standing of the five schools in Clarendon County School District #22 that were associated with Briggs v. Elliott, the South Carolina case which helped form the basis for Brown v. Board of Education. The landmark Supreme Court decision struck down the segregation of public education in the United States in 1954. The school is currently a state-of-the-art meeting facility that seats 300-400 people.

James E. Clyburn Wiltown Community Center coordinates and hosts local programming in Adams Run, South Carolina.