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SC African American History Calendar: September Honoree – Xanthene Norris

August 31, 2020 - Posted in History by Mimi Wortham-Brown
SC African American History Calendar:    September Honoree – Xanthene Norris

As an educator and community leader, Xanthene Sayles Norris has established an exemplary career of public service and civic engagement. Born in Winston Salem, N.C., Norris grew up and attended public schools in Greenville, S.C. She graduated from Sterling High School in...

Charleston Suffragist Helped Save Historic Architecture

August 25, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
Miles Brewton house on King Street where Susan Pringle Frost was born and later returned to live out the rest of her life.

Susan Pringle Frost was born to a prominent Charleston family and seemed destined for a life of leisure until her father's fertilizer business fell apart after the Civil War. She left boarding school to help her family, first by working as a secretary for an architect and...

The Power of the Pollitzer Sisters; Education, Equality and Persuasion

August 17, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
Anita Pollitzer

A pale, pink home with contrasting, black shutters sits along 5 Pitt Street in Charleston. Its window boxes overflow with colorful flowers, vibrant like the women who once lived there. An historical marker tells their story. "Hello, we are the Pollitzer sisters," the...

South Carolina Between World Wars: The Impact of the New Deal

August 14, 2020 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
A mural entitled "Past and Present Agriculture and Industry of Colleton County" painted by Sheffield Kagy in 1938

When the stock market crashed in 1929, ushering in the Great Depression, South Carolina was already in dire financial straits. Cotton prices had plummeted, even before the boll weevil had decimated the crop. Years of non-sustainable practices in cotton farming had ruined...

Ups and Downs: South Carolina’s Economy During World War I

August 7, 2020 - Posted in History by Mark Smith
Spinners and doffers in Lancaster Cotton Mills. Lancaster, S.C., circa 1912.

South Carolina in 1918 was still struggling with the changes to its economic and social systems brought about by the Civil War and Reconstruction. The United States’ entry into World War I affected the daily work life of South Carolinians and the state’s economy in a way...

Charleston Sisters' Aversion to Slavery Fuels Fight for Women's Rights

August 4, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
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Lee Ann Bain talks excitedly as she darts from the sun to the shade along Charleston's sweltering city streets. There's hardly a bead of sweat forming on her face. Bain knows how to beat the heat. She's been giving walking tours for 11 years. Bain remembers studying to...

South Carolina African American History Calendar: August Honoree - Joe Neal

July 30, 2020 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
South Carolina African American History Calendar:  August Honoree - Joe Neal

Rev. Neal was a compassionate force who gave voice to the voiceless and stood tall for those who could not. In addition to being the co-chair of the South Carolina Progressive Network, Neal was also a member of the NAACP, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and many other...

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site | Let's Go!

July 23, 2020 - Posted in History by Tabitha Safdi
Dr, Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site

Dr. Benjamin E. Mays' childhood home is the focal point of the Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site, a destination for individuals and groups interested in learning about the life of one of the nation’s most influential Civil Rights leaders and the African...

“Now you know, and knowing is half the battle”

July 7, 2020 - Posted in History by Aniya Mahaffey
African Americans taking part in Independence Day.

After each thought-provoking episode of the childhood cartoon, G.I. Joe, a public service announcement was offered supporting societal issues. That announcement was followed by a famous moniker that made the show legendary: “Now you know. And knowing is half the battle."...

SC African American History Calendar: July Honoree - Roy I. Jones

June 29, 2020 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
SC African American History Calendar: July Honoree - Roy I. Jones

Dr. Roy I. Jones is a lifelong educator who has served in South Carolina institutions for nearly 40 years. Jones is the Executive Director of the Call Me MiSTER program and Provost Distinguished Professor in Clemson University’s College of Education. MiSTER works to...

Calhoun Statue Overlooking Charleston Takes Time to Come Down

June 25, 2020 - Posted in History 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, 2020

It’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...

Robert Mills

June 25, 2020 - Posted in History
Robert Mills

Charleston 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...

What Does Freedom Mean? The Agency of Black People Before and After Emancipation

June 17, 2020 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
Juneteenth Celebration, Texas 1905

On June 19th, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. The news of Emancipation had finally come to the state. Today, this day is celebrated as Juneteenth. What did it mean to these...

Top 10 “Let’s Go!” Virtual Reality sites you can visit right now!

May 29, 2020 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
“Let’s Go!” enables visitors to view historic S.C. sites, anytime, anywhere!

South Carolina ETV’s Telly Award-winning virtual reality series “Let’s Go!” brings a collection of unique and fascinating sites throughout the state to the convenience of your computer and/or smart device! So, what are the top 10 “Let’s Go!” sites in South Carolina? Join us...

SC African American History Calendar: June Honoree – James S. Hall

May 28, 2020 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
SC African American History Calendar: June Honoree – James S. Hall

Reverend James S. Hall Jr. was born in 1932, in Marion, S.C. to Reverend James S. Hall Sr. and Mrs. Eliza Hall. Hall attended primary school in Marion and then earned a B.S. in Education and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Morris College in Sumter, S.C.

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