Ruth Ann Butler Book Signing
Saturday, July 15. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
West End Community Center, 404 Vardry St.
Before Google and Ancestry.com, many Greenville residents went to Ruth Ann Butler to research their roots. Butler, who 30 years ago next month founded the Greenville Cultural Exchange Center, a museum dedicated to the promotion and preservation of African-American history, searched through books, government documents, newspaper clips, microfiche, old telephone books, and interviews to research and share history and biographies. Butler said she’s never failed to find the information for which she was looking. “I’m batting 100 percent,” she said. After years of telling others’ stories, she’s telling her own in her memoir, titled “Roots, Research & Reflections.” And an interesting story it is. She grew up in the segregated South with a physical disability. She put her newborn son up for adoption in an era when single mothers faced social bias and bleak job prospects. She overcame financial hurdles to pursue a college education. And she’s kept the doors of the Cultural Exchange Center open.
Liberty Bridge Jump Off
Main Street, Falls Park entrance
July 19, 6:30 p.m.
On July 19, Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris will return to her hometown to compete in the Liberty Bridge Jump Off, hosted by the American Track League (ATL). It is the organization’s first athletic and party event in the Upstate for professional and Olympic-level track standouts.
The Liberty Bridge Jump Off will transform the entrance of Falls Park on Main Street into a stadium outfitted for women’s pole vault and men’s long jump events, offering spectators unique, up-close views. Along with Morris, other athletes set to participate are Alysha Newman, Kortney Ross, Kelsie Abhe, Sophie Gutermuth, and Mary Saxer. In total, 12 athletes will compete for cash prizes.
The street party following the contests will include a live DJ, food and beer, local vendors, and other entertainment.
Admission to the Liberty Bridge Jump Off is free, and all ages are welcome. Athlete warm-ups will be held from 5–6:30 p.m. before the competition begins, and the street party is from 8:30–10:30 p.m.