I read the article in the March 8 Index-Journal on the controversy over things named for John C. Calhoun. Under a photograph of a street sign, you had this caption: “Roads around the Lakelands, such as Calhoun Avenue in Greenwood, still bear John C. Calhoun’s name.” Please allow me to point out that this street was not named for John C. Calhoun.
Calhoun Avenue was named for Dr. Ephraim R. Calhoun and his son, C.M. Calhoun, whose home was on this street, on the lot which the American Legion building now occupies. Both men were well respected in Greenwood and their descendants continued in the same vein. Three of the family were beloved teachers at Leslie School: Miss Mary Z. Calhoun, Miss Elliot Calhoun and Mrs. A.D. Calhoun, a descendant by marriage.
A notice in the Abbeville Press and Banner of Jan. 12, 1860, advertises an infirmary for blacks, operated in Greenwood by Dr. E.R. Calhoun and his son. His obituary in the Press and Banner of Feb. 14, 1883 describes many more contributions he made to our town.
Not only does it remind us of his good deeds, but it gives a glimpse of Greenwood’s history, which is most interesting and deserving of everyone’s study.
JOHN ROBERT YOUNG