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"A" is for Allen Brothers Milling Company

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“A” is for Allen Brothers Milling Company. One of Columbia’s most celebrated landmarks, Allen Brothers Milling Company is known by its most enduring icon: a red fluorescent sign advertising its staple product—Adluh Flour—and the likeness of the girl that adorns it products. As it has for generations, the mill continues to produce cornmeal, and what the state Department of Agriculture has declared “South Carolina’s State Flour.” The company has prided itself on the fact that its products are manufactured almost exclusively from yellow corn and wheat from South Carolina and white corn from Tennessee. The Allen family of Wadesboro, North Carolina—millers since the early 19th century—purchased the mill in 1926. In 1950 there were 42 mills operating in the state, but by the early 21st century Allen Brothers Milling Company was only one of two.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.