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For Many, Celebrating Black History Also Means Dealing with Trauma

Documentary filmmaker and historian Julian Gooding shares personal stories to help create spaces for conversations about trauma and mental health. He said as a child he witnessed his father’s struggle...
Orangeburg resident John Graves poses outside the All-Star Bowling Lanes in Orangeburg, S.C., on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Graves and other visitors toured the empty bowling alley ahead of the 54th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre, when state troopers shot into a crowd of students protesting to integrate the business, killing three and wounding 28. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Group to restore bowling alley, crux of Orangeburg Massacre

Big plans are being realized for a once-segregated bowling alley that stands dark and dusty 54 years after state troopers fired into a crowd of Black students in the killings now known as the...

Orangeburg Massacre: A Conversation with Henry Smith's Sister

REPOST: February 8, 2022 is the 54th anniversary. Ora Sue Smith Hughes shares memories about her brother, Henry Smith (1948-1968), one of the three slain victims in the Orangeburg Massacre. South...

Gullah Bible | Palmetto Scene

South Carolina has a rich Gullah culture in the state’s Lowcountry. Many of the Gullah people adopted Christianity, but the laws, for hundreds of years, prohibited them from learning to read. It was a...

South Carolina Hall of Fame

Septima Clark | SC Hall of Fame

Septima Poinsette Clark was known as the “Queen Mother” or “Grandmother” of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr., commonly referred to Ms. Clark, as “The Mother of...

David Drake aka “Dave the Potter” | SC Hall of Fame

David Drake was an enslaved African American in Edgefield, South Carolina during the first three quarters of the nineteenth century. He’s known today for the magnificent quality of the pots he made...

Ronald Erwin McNair | SC Hall of Fame

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...

Ernest Finney | SC Hall of Fame

Ernest A. Finney, Jr. (1931-2017) 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...

SC African American History Calendar

SC African American History Calendar: May 2022 Honorees - The Gaither Family

SC African American History Calendar: May 2022 Honorees - The Gaither Family

Walter B. Gaither, one of seven children of Fairfield County farmers Walter and Fancie Gaither, and Fannie Mae Little, second daughter born to Anderson County homemaker Molly and mill worker Louvel...
SC African American History Calendar: April 2022 Honoree - Nick Aaron Ford

SC African American History Calendar: April 2022 Honoree - Nick Aaron Ford

Dr. Nick Aaron Ford was born on August 4, 1904, in Ridgeway, S.C. to Nick Aaron and Carrie Ford. The family valued education and hard work, with Carrie teaching a young Dr. Ford to read and write...
SC African American History Calendar March 2022 Honoree Chadwick Boseman

SC African American History Calendar March Honoree: Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick (Chad) Aaron Boseman was born on November 29, 1976, in Anderson, S.C. to Leroy and Carolyn (Mattress) Boseman. Graduating from T. L. Hanna High School, he was active in speech and debate and...
SC African American History Calendar February 2022 Honoree: Dr. Linda Bell

SC African American History Calendar February 2022 Honoree: Dr. Linda Bell

Dr. Linda Bell is originally from El Paso, Texas. Her parents, Wesley and Gladys Wilson, encouraged her early interest in science, eventually leading her to seek a degree in Molecular Biology from the...