Reliable Pawn Shop


33 West Liberty Street
Sumter, SC

FAMILIES: Freed; Ross

After they returned home from World War II, Hyman Freed (1916-1994) and his brother-in-law, Gilbert Ross (1921-1997), founded Reliable Pawn Shop at 33 West Liberty Street in Sumter, South Carolina. After their deaths, the store passed into the hands of employee John Nesbitt. Nesbitt opened another location in Manning, South Carolina in 1997. Ross’s wife, Molly Ross (1905-2005), worked at the store from 1946 until 2005.

Main Image: Reliable Pawn Shop advertisement for loans. Reprinted from The Item, March 8, 1949.


Above Image: Reliable Pawn Shop advertisement. Reprinted from The Item, April 28, 2005.

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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