History

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...

Thomas Pinckney | SC Hall of Fame

January 18, 2018 - Posted in History
Thomas Pinckney. Illustrated by James. H. Palmer, Jr

5-minute biography of statesman Thomas Pinckney. Through the use of interviews and historical illustrations, the documentary tells the story of this signer of the United States Constitution, military leader and political figure, and his contributions to South Carolina and...

Allen University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Allen University campus

Allen University, which was founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was named in honor of Richard Allen, founder of the denomination. Established four years after the University of South Carolina was closed to African Americans, Allen helped fill a...

South Carolina State University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in History
SC State University

South Carolina State University was founded in 1896 as the Colored Normal, Industrial, Agricultural, & Mechanical College of S.C., with its origins in the Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890, providing for land-grant colleges. Intended "for the best education of...

Claflin University

January 4, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Claflin University campus

Claflin College, founded in 1869 as Claflin University, is the oldest historically black college in S.C. and was established to "advance the cause of education, and maintain a first-class institution ... open to all without distinction of race or color." It was named for...

Benedict College

January 4, 2018 - Posted in History
photo of Benedict College campus

Benedict Institute was founded in 1870 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to provide education for freedmen and their children. The school was named for Stephen Benedict, an abolitionist from Rhode Island who left money to the Society at his death. Established to...

Ernest Finney | SC Hall of Fame

December 4, 2017 - Posted in History by Betsy Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

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 infant. He was reared by his father, Dr. Ernest Finney, Sr., an educator...

The Reverend Jesse Jackson

October 26, 2017 - Posted in History by Jackie Johnson
Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Living under Jim Crow segregation laws, Jackson was taught to go to the back of the bus and use separate water fountains, practices he says he accepted until the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. He attended the racially...

Matthew Perry Jr | SC Hall of Fame

October 26, 2017 - Posted in History by Jackie Johnson
Matthew Perry Jr

Matthew J. Perry, was Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1921. Perry, who excelled academically, attended local segregated schools and started college, at historically black South Carolina State College, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, studying business. He served...

John R. Heller | SC Hall of Fame

July 27, 2017 - Posted in History
John Heller

John Roderick Heller was born in Fair Play, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Clemson College and Emory University Medical School. In 1943, Dr. Heller was appointed chief of the U.S. Public Health Service’s venereal disease division. In 1948, he was named Director of the...

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