Place:Honea Path, Abbeville, South Carolina, United States

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NameHonea Path
TypeTown
Coordinates34.448°N 82.393°W
Located inAbbeville, South Carolina, United States
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Honea Path is a town in Abbeville and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 3,597 at the 2010 census.

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Honea Path is home to a Carnegie library built from donations by Andrew Carnegie.

In 1911, a lynch mob executed an African-American man. In the wake of this, according to the November 25, 1911, issue of The Literary Digest, Coleman Livingston Blease, the governor of South Carolina, declared that, rather than stop a lynch mob, he would "have resigned his office and come to Honea Path and led the mob." Despite expressed outrage across the country, it did little to harm his popularity, and he was re-elected the following year on a platform encouraging more lynching.

Honea Path was site to a fight between textile union workers and textile management on September 6, 1934, which led to the deaths of six picketers and the injury of approximately twenty more at the hands of textile factory guards. Bullet wounds were found in the backs of many, and they were reported to have been shot fleeing the picket lines. This event is featured in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary on the POV series called "The Uprising of '34". Historical photo essay entitled "Mill Town Murder" is online at http://www.beachamjournal.com/photos/small_town_secret_photo_e/index.html .

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