Literary Landmark: Harvin-Clarendon County Library - Peggy Parish

Manning, S.C.
Dedicated May 2, 2019
Partners: SC Center for the Book

from left to right: Andersen Cook, Charlotte Johnston, and Leesa Aiken.The Harvin-Clarendon County Public Library was dedicated a Literary Landmark on Thursday May 2nd, 2019 in honor of children’s author Peggy Parish (1927-1988). Parish was born and raised in Manning, South Carolina to a poor family. She went on to teach at elementary schools in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and New York, publishing her first children’s book while teaching third grade at a school in Manhattan. Parish was best known as the original creator of the popular Amelia Bedelia series.

Remarks were made by Library Director Charlotte Johnston and State Librarian Leesa Aiken from the South Carolina State Library. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place shortly after at the location of the plaque on the library building. The ceremony concluded with a reception with refreshments, Storytime, and a craft activity for children in the children’s area. In attendance were community leaders from city and county government as well as library board members and local educators.