2019-03-15 / Front Page

Remembering Rachel Haynie and Isabel Sloan

By Pat McNeely


Emily Wheeler (l) and Caroline Grimball (r) with the authors of the book, Dr. Gene Atkinson and Pat McNeely Photos by Jim Covington Emily Wheeler (l) and Caroline Grimball (r) with the authors of the book, Dr. Gene Atkinson and Pat McNeely Photos by Jim Covington Author and local historian Rachel Haynie started researching and writing a book several years ago about Isabel Sloan’s dancing school. After Rachel’s death in 2018, her friends collaborated to finish her last book, South Carolina Dances with Isabel Whaley Sloan. Images from the book were part of “Remembering Rachel Haynie and Isabel Sloan” presented by co-authors Pat McNeely and Dr. Gene Atkinson of Orangeburg Sunday, March 10 at Richland Library.

Richard Durlach and Breedlove from the Big Apple dressed in vintage costumes to demonstrate the Sloan and Simpson Zimmerman dance style. A Sloan-style reception followed, and the water-color cover painting by Barbara Yongue was on display. Copies of the book were available to purchase and to be signed by McNeely and Atkinson. The book is also available on Amazon. The program was sponsored by the Columbia Genealogy Chapter.



Barbara Yongue, artist of the cover picture for the book, with her original painting. Barbara Yongue, artist of the cover picture for the book, with her original painting.

(L-r) Isabel Sloan’s nephew, Dr. Victor Murdaugh, and his wife, Betty; Emily Wheeler; and Caroline Grimball (L-r) Isabel Sloan’s nephew, Dr. Victor Murdaugh, and his wife, Betty; Emily Wheeler; and Caroline Grimball

Richard Durlach and Breedlove from the Big Apple dressed in vintage costumes to demonstrate the Sloan and Simpson Zimmerman dance style. Richard Durlach and Breedlove from the Big Apple dressed in vintage costumes to demonstrate the Sloan and Simpson Zimmerman dance style.

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