PROFESSOR JOHN T. SIMPSON MEMORIAL DRIVE DEDICATION
EASLEY, SC -
Today, July 20, 2021 Senator Rex Rice, along with County and City Elected Officials joined in the dedication of North A Street within the City Limits of Easley, SouthCarolina to Professor John T. Simpson. Professor Simpson, who was respectfully referred to as ProfessorSimpson, for his service as a distinguished educator and for his significant impact on Easley's history. In 1927, Professor Simpson began his career with the Easley Colored School as principal. Following Professor Simpson's death, the school was renamed the Clearview Colored School in 1955, then in 1970, the Clearview Colored School was renamed the Simpson Academy in honor of Professor Simpson and continued to serve the community until its closure in 2011.
The South Carolina General Assembly recognize the positive impact that John T. Simpson had on his students and community; and it would be only fitting and proper to pay tribute to this son of South Carolina by naming a portion of road in the State in his honor. The members of the South Carolina General Assembly requested that the Department of Transportation name SC 135 (North A Street) from S-183 (NE Main Street) to its intersection with S-221 (Fleetwood Drive/Olive Street) in the Town of Easley and Pickens County "Professor John T. Simpson Memorial Drive" and erect appropriate markers or signs at this location containing the designation.
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