Yemassee Junction – Yemassee, South Carolina
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This colorful mural on a former general merchandise store built in 1912 in Yemassee commemorates the wartime railroad that marked the beginning of life as a United States marine for more than 500,000 recruits. The railroad was owned by Atlantic Coast Line, and the Marine Corps ended its lease with the transportation company in 1965. Amtrak now utilizes the railway.
Between 1914 and 1965, half-a-million future soldiers boarded the train at the Yemassee depot and were carried to the nearby Parris Island for military training. More than half of these recruits arrived during World War II.
The vibrant storefront now serves as a local church and boasts with artistic pride the historic rite-of-passage that took place outside its doors. The top photo displays the art work on the building’s front, while the photo below shows a mural on the back entrance depicting the evolution of marine recruits.
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Address: Wall Street and Castle Hall Road, Yemassee, SC 29945
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