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July 19, 2016

Although he was the first superintendent of the Connie Maxwell Orphanage, the Rev. J.L. Vass often seems overshadowed by others in Connie Maxwell Children's Home's history. His story wasn't nearly so dramatic as that of Connie and her parents and he didn't serve nearly as long as the two superintendents who followed him. Yet Vass had th...

July 12, 2016

I had long heard that it was an editorial by W.W. Keys, the editor of The Baptist Courier, that had spurred South Carolina Baptists on to beginning its ministry to children but it wasn't until I began working on The Connie Maxwell Story documentary project that I actually looked at the original Nov. 15, 1888 issue of the denominational...

July 5, 2016

Although the Connie Maxwell Orphanage did not open until 1892, the American Civil War unquestionably had an impact on its founding just as it impacted everything in the South during the last half of the 19th Century. The orphanage's chief benefactor, Dr. John Maxwell, was a Civil War veteran who served as a surgeon for the Confederacy a...

July 4, 2016

This short segment of the rough cut of The Connie Maxwell Story will give you a small taste of the documentary as it is developing. This section tells the story of the Maxwell family and how seven-year-old Connie succumbed to scarlet fever in 1883.

Many of you who lived, worked or visited at Connie Maxwell Children's Home in Greenwood, S...

June 12, 2016

The story of Connie Maxwell Children's Home has long fascinated me. Born out of the tragedy of a little girl's death, this ministry in Greenwood, S.C. has been helping children and their families find hope and healing for nearly 125 years. I've long wanted to tell this story and began to do so in 2014 when I took on this documentary pro...

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