Winnsboro, SC Honors a Native Son

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Blindfold The other day a I wrote a post about the Fairfield County museum in Winnsboro, SC. Currently they are holding a special exhibit for one of their native Sons, William Belk, that displays many of the artifacts that he has saved and collected over the years and through his travels. To the left is a picture of one such artifact that is currently on display during the exhibit.

 It's the blindfold that William wore when he was a hostage in Iran. He was one of more than 60 Americans who spent 444 days in captivity when the US Embassy in Tehran was overrun. I can't imagine what the experience must have been like or how frightened those that endured this ordeal must have been.

 Luckily, William was returned and finished out the rest of his career serving the U.S. He like many of the people those that were captured with him, have lived on to share their story with the rest of us. A frightening reminder of what those who have served and protected our country have gone through ensuring our safety.

Newspaper with William Belk in Blindfold

 I can't imagine for the life of me what it would be like knowing that a family member was in this situation. Not knowing if they were safe. Not knowing if they were alive. And not knowing if they would return home or if you would ever have the opportunity to see them again.

 I can however ask those who were around at the time what it was like. According to my family it was a frightening time indeed. William Belk in my cousin, and from what I understand, what was in our measurement of time just over a year, felt a lot like an eternity. I'm sure for William it felt like the whole thing lasted a lot longer. These days he is happy and healthy and has put a lot of this behind him.

 And now rightfully so, the Fairfield County Museum is honoring one of it's native Sons in this current exhibit. So if you get a chance, stop by and have a look for yourself. Sometimes it's powerful to see history close up.

Comments (8)

Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

JL, what an interesting post...your cousin, huh? I always knew there was something special about you! Now, I have to figure out just which way to take that ! LOL!

Thank you for the great reading!


Oct 18, 2009 04:50 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Thanks JL, that was a nice blog.  And to think there is some historical and family ties! I'm glad they were returned unharmed, and what a staggering ordeal for anyone to have had to go through.

Oct 18, 2009 05:22 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


It was a long time as you said and having never been in a situation like that I cannot begin to think how someone in that situation would be feeling.

Thank you for sharing about your cousin and thank him for me for his service to our country.

Oct 18, 2009 11:59 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

JL....thanks for sharing this.  I remember very well when this happened.  I was really a major start to all of the current terrorism in today's world.  It is hard to imagine what they went through.  They were all Hero's in my book.

If I remember right, we also tried a resue attempt that fail miserably.

Oct 19, 2009 02:15 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

JL:  What a frightening experience for everyone.  I am glad he made it home and is now being honored by your community.

Oct 19, 2009 03:11 AM
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

JL -- Is this same William Belk that started Belk's Department stores?  It is really nice that the museum is honoring him - - quite appropriate.

                                                                             Mama  Liz

Oct 19, 2009 08:32 AM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

JL, I will never ever forget those images splashed across the television screen, in fact it still brings up a tear to think what those hostages and family went through. I felt as though it would never end, so I cannot fathom what the hostages felt.

I hope William is doing well.

Oct 22, 2009 02:33 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a story!  And a little too close to home for you I imagine.

Oct 23, 2009 07:09 AM