SC History

Ernest Finney (1931-2017)

December 4, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by Betsy Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

Ernest A. Finney, Jr. was South Carolina’s first appointed African-American Supreme Court Justice, since Reconstruction. Born 1931 in Smithfield, Virginia, his mother died when he was an infant. He was reared by his father, Dr. Ernest Finney, Sr., an educator who eventually...

"D" is for Dixiecrats

November 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"D" is for Dixiecrats. Dixiecrats were a political party organized in 1948 by disgruntled white Southern Democrats dismayed over their declining influence within the national Democratic Party. The Dixiecrats, officially known as the States' Rights Democratic Party, were...

"A" is for Ashley River Road

November 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"A" is for Ashley River Road. The Ashley River Road--one of the oldest roads in South Carolina--began as a Native American trading path, paralleling the Ashley River, and later served the colonists of the original Charles Town settlement. The Lords Proprietors authorized...

SCETV's In-Depth Look at the Folklore Surrounding "Alice" of the Hermitage

October 31, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
Alice's Grave Marker In All Saints Cemetery

More than 150 years ago, the legend of Alice Flagg of the Hermitage began. This young lady from the banks of the inlet in Georgetown County has touched the lives of many, including the Chandler boys – who grew up sleeping in Alice’s room. Variations to the history are...

Caught on Camera: Ghosts of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point

October 30, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Photo of ghost

It’s no secret that Charleston is one of South Carolina’s most haunted cities. The SCETV production team decided to highlight a place with lots of claims of unexplained paranormal phenomena…the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. The USS Yorktown has a long history dating back...

"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948)

October 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"G" is for Greer, Bernard Eugene (b. 1948). Author. While working as a prison guard at Columbia's notorious Central Correctional Institution, Greer took creative writing classes at USC and later earned an MA in creative writing from Hollins College. He then worked on a...

Springs Mills Acousticot Bed

October 24, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Springs Mills Acousticot Bed

The Springs Cotton Mills "Springmaid" ad campaign was an attention getter. The Acousticot Bed was another one of those attention getting ad campaigns. The Acousticot is a 1950s bed with lots of "space age" features like a coffee maker, electric shaver, and TV.

"A" is for Archdale, John [1642-1717]

October 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"A" is for Archdale, John [1642-1717]. Proprietor. Governor. In 1664 Archdale was in New England. In 1681 he purchased a share of the Carolina Proprietorship in trust for his son Thomas Archdale. From 1683 to 1686 he served as Governor of North Carolina in the absence of...

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]

October 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]. Merchant, legislator. Born in Charleston, Manigault rose from relatively modest origins to become the leading merchant and private banker in colonial South Carolina. He operated retail shops and also owed several trading vessels...

Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

October 17, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by T. Safdi
Elloree Heritage Museum

The Elloree Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is a 10,000 square foot building in downtown Elloree that features many artifacts and showcases the history of the town over many decades.

State Fair a S.C. Tradition for Nearly 150 Years

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
The South Carolina State Fair's midway rides at night.

The South Carolina State Fair has rolled around every fall since 1869. Begun on Columbia’s Elmwood Avenue as an agricultural exposition, historian Rodger Stroup and fair manager Gary Goodman say it has kept its agricultural and mechanical roots while expanding through the...

"I" is for Inman Mills

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"I" is for Inman Mills. Inman Mills began in 1902 when James A. Chapman opened a four-hundred-loom and 15,000-spindle plant in the Spartanburg County town on Inman. The mill made high quality greige—cloth that comes straight from the loom and is gray, rough, and full of...

Saving South Carolina's Constitutions

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina's Constitution of 1861 underwent a lamination preservation process.

Millions of historic documents in the U.S., from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age: a preservation method that has backfired. The process of laminating documents between sheets of cellulose acetate film, widely practiced from...

"M" is for Marlboro County

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Marlboro County

"M" is for Marlboro County [480 square miles; population 28,818]. Marlboro County was formed in 1785 and named for the Duke of Marlborough. Its boundaries have remained virtually unchanged since then: bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River; on the north and...

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
An advertisement for the fair appears in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), October 18, 1905.

With October come two certainties: Trick-or-Treaters will be abroad on the 31st, and the South Carolina State Fair will attract thousands to Columbia. In this edition of Walter Edgar's Journal , from May 5, 2016, Dr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina...

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