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For Black Women, the 19th Amendment was the Beginning of a Long Fight for Voting Rights

September 14, 2020 - Posted in History by Victoria Hansen
African American women and men carry signs calling for equal rights in 1963 more than 40 years after the 19th ammendent was pass

The 19th amendment promised women the right to vote would not be denied because of gender. But it was an empty promise for women with dark skin. "It's an historical legacy that can't be ignored because it's inconvenient," says Sandra Slater. She's an associate history...

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...

Charleston Authors Hold onto Hope for Racial Reconcilation

July 2, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Crews work to remove the statue of John C. Calhoun from Charleston's Marion Square.  June 24, 2020.

In the months following the unimaginable church massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, a poet, a journalist and an historian came together to write a book. They wanted to explain to a nation not only what happened, but why. Why were nine Black parishioners...

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...

Statue of John C. Calhoun Comes Down in Charleston

June 24, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
John C. Calhoun statue is set down before a cheering crowd

A statue of John C. Calhoun has stood atop a perch of more than one hundred feet over Marion Square for 124 years and it was no easy task taking the likeness down. Calhoun was a former State Senator and Vice President of the United States. But he was also well known as an...

Chris Singleton, Son of Emanuel AME Shooting Victim, Pens Book for Anniversary

June 17, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Victoria Hansen
Chris Singleton's book "Different"

Five years ago, Chris Singleton was a carefree college student dreaming of playing professional baseball when he got the call that changed his life. "I'll never forget it," says Singleton. "I was 18 years-old and I got a call from my mom's phone actually and the lady on the...

Charleston Business Owners Face Violence Following George Floyd Protests

May 31, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Businesses boarded up on King Street in Charleston

The city that displayed a wealth of grace in the aftermath of the massacre at Mother Emanuel and the shooting death of Walter Scott somehow succumbed Saturday night to the violence erupting nationwide following yet another senseless death, this time thousands of miles away...

Reopening Too Soon? Lowcountry Mayor and Charleston Historian Reflect on the Spanish Flu

May 20, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie

It was the fall of 1918. Charleston had quickly gone from a bustling city to a vacant, ghost town. People were quarantined for five weeks because of a deadly pandemic. They were restless, eager to get back to business as usual. Sound familiar? Under Quarantine 1918 "...

Cooper River Bridge Run Cancelled Because of Coronavirus

May 15, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Cooper River Bridge Run participants lining up in Mount Pleasant April 2014

It's one of the state's largest sporting events people can take part in and it's never been postponed or cancelled before, until now. The 43rd annual Cooper River Bridge run initially moved from April to August because of the coronavirus pandemic is officially off. The 10 K...

SC Prison Inmates Sue for Early Release as Coronavirus Claims Lives Inside

May 7, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Mark Trammell fighting for early release because he has stage four liver cancer and recently suffered a heart attack.

51 year-old Chris Varner of Anderson found love late in life. He's been married to Gay Stanley for nearly a year. They've spent much of their time together, apart. He worries he may never see her again. "I honestly believe it would be the end of her if she catches it," says...

Local Stores Face Challenges Re-opening in Charleston

April 29, 2020 - Posted in News by Victoria Hansen
Half-Moon Outfitters assistant store manager Brent Ferguson (left) and a co-worker prepare for customers

It's one of those warm days when a little free air conditioning would feel good strolling along King Street in Charleston. But despite the governor's executive order allowing retailers to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, many store doors remain padlocked. "We've...

Charleston Teen at High Risk for COVID-19 Finds Hope in Home Dialysis

April 21, 2020 - Posted in Health by Victoria Hansen
Mary Ashley tries to stay busy while staying home with her sister Allison during the coronavirus pandemic

Mary Ashley Barbot of Charleston was supposed to be in Los Angeles, California this week; not for vacation but for a potentially lifesaving treatment. The coronavirus pandemic put the brakes on her plans and accelerated the concerns of her already worried parents. The 16...

COVID-19 Anxiety

April 7, 2020 - Posted in Health by Victoria Hansen
photo of apartment building

If you're feeling anxious about the coronavirus pandemic, you're not alone. More than one third of Americans think it is affecting their mental health, according to a recent study by the American Psychiatric Associaton. Social distancing to stop the spread has shut down...

The Charleston Benne Wafer

April 3, 2020 - Posted in Business by Aimee Crouch
benne wafers

People from all around the world have been descending on the South, and South Carolina in general, for their unusual and delectable cuisine. We went down to Charleston to try a product made only in the Lowcountry.

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