Sumter, SC


After the failure of his commercial endeavors in Manning, South Carolina, Benjamin Ness (1890-1956) and his family moved to Sumter, South Carolina around 1924. There, he and his wife, Esther Bergen Ness (1899-1976) opened Ness’, a ready-to-wear ladies’ clothing store. Out of money after they moved to Sumter, the Nesses received credit to open their store from Sam Solomon (1887-1954), a prominent Jewish merchant from Charleston known for his compassion and generosity.

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