History

SC African American History Calendar 2019 - January Honoree, Steve Benjamin

December 24, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Photos of SC African American History Calendar 2019 and January honoree, Mayor Steve Benjamin

Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia’s first African American mayor, was elected in a record-turnout election in 2010. He made it his mission to shape the Capital City into the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America. His devotion to Columbia began in 1990...

Black South Carolinians, Soldiers in World War I

August 13, 2018 - Posted in History by Alfred Turner
Unidentified African American soldier in uniform with marksmanship qualification badge and campaign hat, with cigarette holder in front of painted backdrop.

Upon the United States' entrance into World War I, President Woodrow Wilson told the nation that the war was being fought to "make the world safe for democracy." For many African-American South Carolinians, the chance to fight in this war was a way to prove their...

"G" is for Grimké, Sarah Moore and Angelina Emily Grimké

July 24, 2018 - Posted in History by Walter Edgar
Sarah Moore and Angelina Emily Grimké

"G" is for Grimké, Sarah Moore and Angelina Emily Grimké. Although members of the upper echelon of South Carolina society, the Grimké sisters rejected a privileged lifestyle rooted in a slave economy and became nationally known abolitionists. Both were members of the Ladies...

Juneteenth: The Second Independence Day

June 19, 2018 - Posted in History by Shannon Simmons
Juneteenth Rock Hill

Juneteenth, the mash-up of the two words June and Nineteenth, is sometimes called the second independence day. June 19th marks the day in 1865 when African American slaves in Galveston, Texas finally received news that they were freed, two years after the signing of the...

SCETV Endowment, Southern Campaign Tour, Stop 4 - Kings Mountain

May 30, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Here, patriot militiamen won a crucial victory against the British.

The final stop on the SC ETV Endowment's Southern Campaign Tour was Kings Mountain National Battlefield. Kings Mountain is a rocky, wooded hill on the border of North and South Carolina. This site also played host to several U.S. Presidents: President Herbert Hoover spoke...

SCETV Endowment, Southern Campaign Tour, Stop 3 - Historic Brattonsville

May 24, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Historic Brattonsville, where the "Battle At Williamson's Plantation," or "Huck's Defeat" took place.

On the last day of the ETV Endowment's Southern Campaign Tour, tourists visited two locations. The first of the two was Historic Brattonsville, which is the site of "Battle At Williamson's Plantation," or "Huck's Defeat." In this battle, patriot militia, led by Colonel...

SCETV Endowment, Southern Campaign Tour, Stop 2 - Ninety-Six Star Fort

May 17, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
Dr. Walter Edgar poses for a picture with several ETV employees: Steve Folks, Arthur Joseph, and William Richardson

On day two of the ETV Endowment's Southern Campaign Tour, visitors got a chance to see Old Ninety-Six National Historic Site, in present-day Greenwood County, South Carolina. Around the time of the Revolution, Ninety-Six was not just a British stronghold; it was also an...

SCETV Endowment, Southern Campaign Tour, Stop 1 - Cowpens

May 10, 2018 - Posted in History by Andrew Davis
General Daniel Morgan On His Horse

Late last month, a three day series of tours occurred, for the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. This tour was made possible with the cooperation between the SCETV Endowment, and the National Park Service. The guides who took guests throughout the tour were...

William Gilmore Simms | SC Hall of Fame

April 5, 2018 - Posted in History
Antebellum south graphic with soldiers looking on at a woman.

William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a poet, novelist, and historian whose work was a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He was called one of America’s best novelists by Edgar Allen Poe. Works include Martin Faber, Guy Rivers, The...

Julia Mood Peterkin | SC Hall of Fame

March 29, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Julia Mood Peterkin, black and white

Julia Mood was born in Laurens County on Halloween 1880. Her mother died when she was two years old. Julia, as a teenager, attended Converse College and received a Masters degree at an early age. Julia moved to Fort Motte in Calhoun County to become a teacher. In 1903, she...

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker | SC Hall of Fame

March 15, 2018 - Posted in History
screenshot of Elizabeth Boatwright Coker at an interview

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker was the author of nine historical romance novels. Born in Darlington, South Carolina, she was married to South Carolina industrialist James Lide Coker, III. She graduated from Converse College and moved to New York City where she modeled hats and...

Dr. Anne Austin Young | SC Hall of Fame

March 8, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Dr. Anne Austin Young, color

Dr. Anne Austin Young was born in Cross Hill, South Carolina, and graduated from Presbyterian College as the school's first female valedictorian. She then went on to medical school, graduating with top honors, during the early 1900s when such an aspiration provided many...

Wil Lou Gray | SC Hall of Fame

March 1, 2018 - Posted in History
painting of Wil Lou Gray, color

Wil Lou Gray, born in Laurens, S.C. in 1883 devoted her life to the education of the under-served in rural S.C., teaching them to read and write in her campaign to abolish illiteracy.

Voorhees College

January 26, 2018 - Posted in History
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...

Morris College

January 26, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Morris College campus

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...

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