President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, July 2020

By Anthony Padgett

SCETV President Anthony Padgett with Women Vision SC honoree, former SC Chief Justice Jean Toal This summer, as we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the birth of our nation, we also recognize another major milestone – 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States. Fitting that this centennial would take place in an election year, SCETV is commemorating this landmark anniversary with a plethora of programs and the return of a very special initiative. Launched in 2018, “Women Vision SC” isn’t just a television program, it’s a multi-platform project that aims to shine a light on the issues affecting women throughout South...

At This Intersection in Downtown Columbia, The Rollin Sisters Fought For the Vote

By Thelisha Eaddy

Views from Sumter and Senate streets in Downtown ColumbiaTo celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, South Carolina Public Radio and South Carolina ETV are broadcasting the series Sisterhood: South Carolina Suffragists. The series looks at how local women played roles in a national movement that eventual guaranteed more than 26 million women the right to vote. The East side of the Statehouse House grounds, an historic church and the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission sit at the corner of Sumter and Senate streets in downtown Columbia. These sites and buildings can represent a...

Exploring South Carolina Virtually: The Upcountry

By Julia Roach

Exploring South Carolina Virtually: The UpcountrySouth Carolina’s Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties make up the Upcountry of South Carolina. These counties house mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and so many more unique sites that can only be found there! Nothing is more exciting than the opportunity to explore all of the unique history that is in South Carolina. Here at SCETV, we have brought this information to your fingertips, so you do not have to leave the comfort of your house to see it! Keep reading to see three incredible sites for you to explore! The Upcountry History Museum The...

Calhoun Statue Overlooking Charleston Takes Time to Come Down

By Victoria Hansen

People rush to see the face of John C. Calhoun as the statue is taken down after more than 124 years.  June 24, 2020It’s been nearly impossible to see the face of John C. Calhoun perched atop a more than 100- foot pedestal over the Charleston city skyline for 124 years, but now the likeness of the South Carolina statesman is gone. It took time to take down. Calhoun was a former State Senator and Vice President of the United States. But he was also a well-known advocate of racist policies, especially slavery. The Debate His stature in one of the city’s most prominent parks, Marion Square, has been debated for years. Many thought the figure should come down in 2015 following the murders on nine Black...

SC Lede: COVID-19 — Down Goes Johnny

By Gavin Jackson

After a 17-hour process, the statue of John C. Calhoun in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, was removed on June 24, 2020.On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 25, 2020, host Gavin Jackson brings you an account of the removal of the John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston's Marion Square, a look at moves by two of the state’s biggest cities to mandate mask usage in certain places, a breakdown of Gov. Henry McMaster's new restaurant COVID-19 safety plan, and more. The South Carolina Lede is here to keep you up to date on important news as the Palmetto State faces the COVID-19 virus. There is so much news out there right now it’s overwhelming. This podcast is for you to get information that matters to...

Robert Mills

Robert MillsCharleston native Robert Mills was the first architect trained in America. Mills took an early interest in architecture while a student at the College of Charleston. After studying with Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Mills returned to South Carolina in 1820 to work with the Board of Public Works. Before leaving South Carolina in 1829, Mills designed twelve courthouses, the Fireproof Building in Charleston, the State Insane Asylum in Columbia and numerous churches. In addition, he planned and initiated the work on a major internal improvements plan. He also wrote and published the Statistics of South...

NFL Wide Receiver Dontrelle Inman Helps Hometown

By Brandie Perron

Dontrelle Inman passes groceries to childrenBatesburg-Leesville graduate and NFL wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is spending part of the off-season in South Carolina. While off the field in the Palmetto State, Dontrelle was on Instagram and an idea was spawned. After seeing several social media challenges in the early days of the pandemic, Dontrelle decided to create one of his own. A grocery challenge to help families in need.

How 2020 Almost Killed Greenville Tech’s New Black Students Initiative. Almost.

By Scott Morgan

Students on laptopBack in January, South Carolina Public Radio spoke to Dr. Alecia Watt, the director of Greenville Technical College’s Educational Opportunity Program, about the school’s initiative to identify and retain African-American male students who were at risk of dropping out. The original feature is here . The program had just launched, with the same high hopes as any new year tends to bring; and it since has run into the two major events that 2020 has (so far) brought – COVID-19 and a widespread movement to undo systemic racism. Just a few months after the launch of the African-American Male...

Reconstruction and the African American Struggle for Equality in the South

By Alfred Turner

The first black U.S. senator and first black House members were elected by Southern states during Reconstruction.Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has said, "Reconstruction is one of the most important and consequential chapters in American history. It is also among the most overlooked, misunderstood and misrepresented." For an overview of this fraught era in American history, Dr. Walter Edgar is joined by Dr. J. Brent Morris, Director of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort's Institute for the Study of the Reconstruction Era, for a discussion of Reconstruction and its aftermath, beginning with the hopeful moment of Civil War's end and Emancipation in 1865, and carrying through to 1915, when the...

Top Five Most Watched Episodes of "Backroad Bites"

By Leslie Leonard

Top Five Episodes of Backroad BitesCrisscrossing across the Palmetto State, SCETV’s digital series “ Backroad Bites ” takes you down the path less traveled to find the most delicious local eateries across South Carolina. So, which eateries got the most mouth-watering views on South Carolina ETV's Facebook page ? Hop in as we take you down backroads across the state to the top 5 most viewed episodes of “Backroad Bites.” Boats N Hoagies: McClellanville, SC Heading down 402 to Highway 17 to our No. 1 spot with 60.1k views, we end up at Boats N Hoagies in the small coastal village of McClellanville, South Carolina. Owners Brandon...