History

Money Raised for Charleston's New International African American Museum

August 17, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
A picture of what the International African American Museum is expected to look like

The Charleston Maritime Museum was packed Thursday with a who’s who of community leaders, as well as local and state dignitaries. Former, long time Charleston City Mayor Joe Riley could barely contain his excitement as he stepped up to the podium. “Today we’ve asked all of...

Black South Carolinians, Soldiers in World War I

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

(Originally broadcast 02/23/18) - 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...

Preserving History: The Olympia Mill Village Museum Opens September 28

July 24, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Clayton Sears
A four-year journey: Jake and Sherry Jaco inside the Olympia Mill school during the construction phase of the museum

Columbia has a rich history of being a cotton/textile mill town. The Olympia and Granby Mills are located just outside of the downtown area, next to the Congaree river. Like many places in Columbia, this historic area is growing. The Olympia-Granby Historical Foundation was...

"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...

Journalist Robert Cox and the Newspaper That Published Dangerous Truths

July 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Robert Cox (with Maria Hinojosa, WGBH, Boston)

(Originally broadcast 01/19/18) - The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during...

Rare Film of First African-American Professional Golfer Sheds Light on Pre-Civil Rights Era

July 18, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
hoto from the University of South Carolina's Motion Image Research Collection.

At the University of South Carolina, the Moving Image Research Collection has established a reputation as one of the top film archives in the country. Curator Greg Wilsbacher says Newsfilm Collections at USC has received some notable donations over the years— including...

Parks Tell Unheard Stories of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution

July 2, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
John Slaughter, Superintendent of US Park Service's Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks group.

(Originally broadcast 10/13/17) - The Southern Campaign was critical in determining the outcome of the American Revolutionary War, yet the South’s importance has been downplayed in most historical accounts to date. The National Park Service has recognized the importance of...

Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS Yorktown

May 23, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Teenage Twins Befriend a World War II Veteran aboard the USS Yorktown

It's been three years since Carter and Jack Hanson were featured on CBS news for their rare friendship with a World War II veteran who served aboard the USS Yorktown. That's when the network set up a surprise meeting on the ship just outside of Charleston. They had gotten...

South Carolina State University: A Black Land-Grant College in Jim Crow America

April 27, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
S.C. State University logo

Since its founding in 1896, South Carolina State University has provided vocational, undergraduate, and graduate education for generations of African Americans. Now the state’s flagship historically black university, it achieved this recognition after decades of struggling...

“IN PRINCIPLE” to Air Friday Nights on SCETV

April 11, 2018 - Posted in SCETV by Ty Moody
IN PRINCIPLE Co-hosts Michael Gerson and Amy Holmes

IN PRINCIPLE will include guests from the worlds of politics, policy, the arts and academia. The half-hour program features co-hosts Michael Gerson, a frequent contributor to PBS NEWSHOUR, syndicated Washington Post columnist and author of the book Heroic Conservatism; and...

50 Years Later, Congressman Clyburn Reflects on King’s Visits to South Carolina

April 4, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Thelisha Eaddy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking in Kingstree, SC, May 8, 1966.

On July 30, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in South Carolina. He had tea at Septima Clark’s house in Charleston and later that day spoke at a meeting at the old county hall building on King Street. It would be his last visit to the Palmetto state. Nine months later,...

An Archaeology of Life in Charleston

March 26, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Trowel at an archaeological dig.

(Originally broadcast 12/01/2017) - In Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community (2016, University Press of Florida), Martha Zierden, Curator of Historical Archaeology at The Charleston Museum; and, Dr. Betsy Reitz, University of Georgia Athens, weave...

Work and Economy in South Carolina During World War I

March 5, 2018 - Posted in News by Walter Edgar
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...

South Carolina Flag Not Official

February 23, 2018 - Posted in News by Ann Bailey
SC flag

Most South Carolinians find unique points of pride within their state—sweet tea, coastal wildlife, and shag-dancing are staples of its culture. Additionally, many South Carolina residents are particularly proud of a famed symbol: its flag. A white crescent rests in...

South Carolina Women and World War I

January 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol. (Artist: Howard Chandler Christie)

Dr. Amy McCandless, professor emerita of history at the College of Charleston, joins Dr. Edgar for a public Conversation on South Carolina History, World War I: S.C. Women during the War. The conversation took place at USC’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on...

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