Jenkins & Phelps


Liberty Street
Sumter, SC


In the fall of 1893, Victor Herman Phelps (1865-1933) and Thomas B. Jenkins, a gentile, opened Jenkins & Phelps, a fruit and vegetable store on the corner of Main and Liberty Streets in Sumter, South Carolina. Although the store closed around the end of the year, Phelps remained engaged in the grocery business in Sumter until around 1930.

Main Image: Jenkins & Phelps advertisement. Reprinted from The Watchman and Southron, September 13, 1893.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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