SC Hall of Fame

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

March 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Short biography of indigo planter and colonial entrepreneur Eliza Lucas Pinckney, another example of the enormous contribution the Pinckney family of South Carolina has made to the history of our state.

Septima Clark

March 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Septima Clark

A pioneer in grassroots citizenship education, Septima Clark was called the ‘‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’’ by Martin Luther King. Clark was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1898, daughter of a laundrywoman and a former slave. She became a teacher on Johns...

Mary Boykin Chestnut

March 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Mary Boykin Chestnut

5-minute biography of the life of American Civil War era diarist Mary Chestnut. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program details the events surrounding Chestnut’s life and her contributions to South...

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

March 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds achieved national recognition as an advocate for historic preservation. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1939. In 1947, she founded the Historic Charleston Foundation and served as Director. In 1971, she received the Louise...

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

February 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Charles Bolden, Jr. flew on four historic Space Shuttle missions in the 1980's and 90's, and became the first African-American to lead NASA as NASA Administrator.

Ronald Erwin McNair

February 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Ronald Erwin McNair

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in 1986.

Marian Wright Edelman

February 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation’s strongest advocacy group for children and families. Born in 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina, she attended Spelman College and Yale Law School. In the sixties, she was active in...

Philip Simmons

February 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Philip Simmons

A Charleston native, Philip Simmons (1912-2009) was famous for his decorative ironwork pieces, which are featured throughout Charleston and in various other parts of the world. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made everyday household objects, such as...

Donald Russell

January 26, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Donald Russell

Donald Stuart Russell (1906-1998) was a protégé of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. Russell was Governor of South Carolina from 1963-1965 and a U.S. Senator. He also served as President of the University of South Carolina. The Donald S. Russell Papers are...

James F. Byrnes

January 19, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
James F. Byrnes

James Francis Byrnes (1882-1972) was born in Charleston and served in all three branches of the federal government. He was known as Franklin Roosevelt’s “Assistant President.” Byrnes was active in South Carolina’s state government as well.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

November 15, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Black and white photo of Joe Riley swearing in ceremony.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was born in 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Riley served six years in the South Carolina House of Representatives and was elected Mayor of Charleston in 1975. He served ten...

Susan Pringle Frost

October 4, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Photograph of Susan Pringle Frost

Susan Pringle Frost dedicated her life to making sure that Charleston’s historic architectural beauty would be preserved. Born in Charleston to wealthy parents in 1873, she lived in the Miles Brewton House on King Street. When her family’s fortune dwindled, Frost got a job...

Darla Moore

October 4, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Photograph of Darla Moore

Darla Moore was born and raised near Lake City, South Carolina, growing up on the family cotton, soybean and tobacco farm. After graduating from Lake City High School, she attended the University of South Carolina to study political science, later working for the Republican...

Pat Conroy

March 5, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by B. Newman
Pat Conroy

The South Carolina Hall of Fame profiles author Pat Conroy.

Ernest Finney

February 2, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by B. Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

In 1960, Ernest Finney began his law practice in Sumter, South Carolina, specializing in civil rights advocacy and defense. He represented the Friendship 9, a group of black college students arrested and charged when trying to desegregate a lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C...

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