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May 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Max Moses Heller: Jewish Mayor in the Sunbelt South
Presented by Dr. Andrew Baker, Clemson University
Dr. Andrew Baker, Clemson University, examines the life and legacy of Max Moses Heller, a Jewish refugee from Vienna, Austria, who built a successful manufacturing firm in Greenville, South Carolina and entered politics after his retirement at a relatively young age. As mayor, he transformed Greenville and held the distinction of serving as the city’s first Jewish mayor. Heller served at a pivotal time in Greenville’s history, helping to reshape Greenville’s downtown by reducing the number of lanes on Main Street, planting trees, embracing open-air dining, and helping to recruit new companies to the area.