On December 16, 1910, Abraham Mazursky (1892-1970) arrived in New York City aboard the SS Pennsylvania after a long voyage from Kobrin, Russia. At age seventeen, he bribed border guards to allow his entire Jewish group to escape the antisemitism of the Russian Empire. From there, he made his way to Hamburg, Germany, and then onwards Ellis Island. By 1917, Mazursky moved to Mayesville, South Carolina, where he worked as a clerk in a general merchandise store. By 1920, Mazursky married Pennsylvania native Mary Blatt (1888-1968), whose parents immigrated to the United States from Austria to escape antisemitism. By that date, he also moved to Sumter and opened a dry goods and clothing store. Located at 32 South Main Street, Mazursky’s store operated until around 1925, at which point he opened another store in downtown Sumter called The Hub.
Main Image: Advertisement for Abraham Mazursky’s store. Reprinted from The Item, April 5, 1924.