"L" is for Lebby, Nathaniel H. [1816-1880]

By Walter Edgar

South Carolina From A to Z

"L" is for Lebby, Nathaniel H. [1816-1880]. Inventor. In 1852 Lebby, an employee of the South Carolina Railroad, received a patent for a “water-raising apparatus”—a steam-driven pump frequently used in the Lowcountry’s rice fields. It was also used to deepen a channel in Charleston Harbor. When in operation, the pump discharged sizable amounts of mud, sand, and even rocks. He then made a working model of a dredge that impressed the U.S. Corps of Engineers responsible for Charleston Harbor.

Voorhees College

Vorhees College

The present Voorhees College campus and buildings date from 1905 to the mid-1930s, and is itself a pioneer in higher education for African Americans in the area. Founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute, was a young black woman in her early twenties who, in spite of betrayals, arson, jealousies, and threats of violence, persevered and founded a school in Denmark, South Carolina on April 14, 1897—The Denmark Industrial School.

Morris College

Morris College

Morris College was founded in 1908 by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina to provide educational opportunities for Negro students in response to the historical denial of access to the existing educational system. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions.

Start the New Year Right with Access to ETV’s LearningWhy Complete Lessons

By Bette Jamison

Screen shot of home page of LearningWhy website

This school year, SCETV Education “rolled out” a new service designed to promote student achievement, celebrate best teaching practices and meet the needs of our South Carolina educators! We invite all SC educators to utilize ETV’s NEW, free, innovative service so … create your own free account now if you have not done so previously!

SCETV's Tell Them We Are Rising Screenings

By Amy Shumaker

African American middle class family from 1950s.

Through a collaboration between public media stations and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Firelight Films and South Carolina ETV will present several screenings of the latest film from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director, Stanley Nelson, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities as part of a national HBCU Tour.

Technology at Allen University

By Jackie Johnson


Palmetto Scene visits Allen University, a historic black university in Columbia, where students are excited about using their knowledge to secure high- paying, interesting jobs in the 21st-century workplace.

This story is part of the Tell Them We Are Rising #HBCURising campaign, supported by the American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen public media initiative.

Tell Them We Are Rising premieres on Independent Lens on PBS on February 19, 2018.


By Rudy Mancke


Skeletal material can tell you a lot, if you know what to look fore.

PD to Warm Your Mind … ETV Teacher Recertification Courses “Fire-up” Soon!

By Bette Jamison

Teacher on laptop in front of fireplace

ETV Teacher Recertification courses are approved by SDE Office of Educator Services for SC educators.  Over 50 courses offered for 20 renewal credits each, facilitated online and self-paced. Cost: $75 each. Plus, Natural History In and Out of the Classroom with Rudy Mancke for 60 renewal credits offered, too, in this Winter session. Cost: $200. Warm your mind with SCETV online PD for SC educators! 

Grow Your Career This Year with PBS TeacherLine

By Kathy Finger

Teacher working with students on laptop

Resolved to grow your career this year? Enroll now for a PBS TeacherLine facilitated course! TeacherLine’s high-quality, online courses offer the rigor you need to make a difference plus the peer- and facilitator- support you want. Spring courses begin March 14, 2018. Earn Renewal, R2S, or Graduate Credits.