Main Street
Rock Hill, SC


Ben Leader (1908-1974) and Mariam Leader (1908-1982) moved from New York to Rock Hill by 1938. After their arrival in Rock Hill, the opened a ready-to-wear ladies clothing store called Melville’s. During World War II, Ben Leader served in the Navy, and Mariam kept up the store. In 1971, Ben and Mariam changed the name of their store to Leader’s. After Mariam passed away in 1982, her daughter-in-law, the wife of Jack Leader, ran the store until it closed in 1994.

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation. Longtime members of the JHSSC, Mr. Arnold obm, a merchant himself, and Mr. Farbstein obm were both children of South Carolina Jewish merchants.

JHSSC Office
Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center
96 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843 953 3918