My Life In Lake City

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In 1986, I was born in the state of South Carolina, in Florence County. I was raised in the small town of Lake City, South Carolina, which was established in the year of 1750. This town came into existence due to the fact it was on a road that ran between Kingstree to the south and Cheraw to the north. Later, there was a road placed between Georgetown and Camden adding to the cross of the older road, forming a crossroads. I have lived in Lake City, for majority of my life and as many others, wondered how the town ended up with such a name and we did not have a major “lake”. From research, I have learned that, Lake City was not the original name of the town. The town was chartered in 1874 as Graham, but the name was changed a few years later …show more content…
Lake City has a population that is made up of 77% African Americans, which equals, 5,137 people. African Americans are the largest race within Lake City, South Carolina. The total population is 6,675. African American males in Lake City equaled to 3,012, females equaled to 3,663. In African American households, it is not uncommon for there to be generations of family members living together. Growing up we stayed with my grandmother until I was about five years old. We moved out, however we were no more than five minutes from her home along with aunts and uncles who lived in route to my grandmother’s house. Lake City has 213 people in a home with three or more generations (Population Demographics, …show more content…
Mayor Lovith Anderson, Jr has been the town’s Mayor for two consecutive terms (studio n.d.). He is very welcoming to the citizens and works with the town. He listens to ideas for the city and works toward the improvement and cultivating the city. I have met with him on several occasions and his faith in God is inspiring. He makes choices that are beneficial as a whole rather than for just a select group of people. Lake City has one Catholic church and 60 Protestant churches. From research, I have found out that 44.9% of people in Lake City have no religion, Evangelical Protestant have 31.1% (Lake City, SC n.d.). Faith in my opinion is what keeps the community together. When issues arise, we always come together and the elders of the community always advise us to seek God for guidance and direction. Bibles are found in majority of the homes and church is like a second nature to the people of my community. Thinking back to the times of slavery and the civil rights movements, the church for African Americans were like a safe haven. Many times, the churches pulled together for the common good of the people. I know for myself, church is therapeutic, it is where I can go and release the issues that are making me feel sad, hurt, or

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