Noted South Carolinians

Ernest Finney (1931-2017)

December 4, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by Betsy Newman
Ernest Finney Photograph

Ernest A. Finney, Jr. 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 who eventually...

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]

October 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"M" is for Manigault, Gabriel [1704-1781]. Merchant, legislator. Born in Charleston, Manigault rose from relatively modest origins to become the leading merchant and private banker in colonial South Carolina. He operated retail shops and also owed several trading vessels...

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph [1823-1901]. Geologist. Educator. After graduating from the University of Georgia, LeConte studied medicine in New York. Returning to Georgia, he established a medical practice in Macon. He later studied natural history at Harvard and became a...

"O" is for Oliphant, Mary Chevillette Simms [1891-1988]

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Mary Oliphant

"O" is for Oliphant, Mary Chevillette Simms [1891-1988]. Historian. Born in Barnwell County, Mary C. Simms Oliphant was the granddaughter of novelist and historian William Gilmore Simms. In 1917 the state superintendent of education asked her to update her grandfather's...

Williamsburg Historical Museum

July 17, 2017 - Posted in ETV Shorts by Tabitha Safdi
Williamsburg Historical Museum

Located in downtown Kingstree, the Williamsburg Historical Museum offers guests a chance to see antique china, early maps and even a dug-canoe. The museum also has the County Record newspaper on microfilm from 1897-1975.

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

June 1, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds achieved national recognition as an advocate for historic preservation. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1939. In 1947, she founded the Historic Charleston Foundation and served as Director. In 1971, she received the Louise...

Ann Pamela Cunningham

March 30, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Ann Pamela Cunningham

Ann Pamela Cunningham (1816-1868) was a South Carolinian from Laurens County who led the effort to restore and preserve Mount Vernon, George Washington’s ancestral home in Virginia. She served as First Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

March 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Eliza Lucas Pinckney

Short biography of indigo planter and colonial entrepreneur Eliza Lucas Pinckney, another example of the enormous contribution the Pinckney family of South Carolina has made to the history of our state.

Septima Clark

March 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by Jackie Johnson
Septima Clark

Septima Poinsette Clark was known as the “Queen Mother” or “Grandmother” of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Martin Luther King, Jr., commonly referred to Ms. Clark, as “The Mother of the Movement”. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1898, Septima’s life was greatly...

Mary Boykin Chestnut

March 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Mary Boykin Chestnut

5-minute biography of the life of American Civil War era diarist Mary Chestnut. Through the use of available archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical illustrations this program details the events surrounding Chestnut’s life and her contributions to South...

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

March 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds achieved national recognition as an advocate for historic preservation. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1939. In 1947, she founded the Historic Charleston Foundation and served as Director. In 1971, she received the Louise...

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

February 23, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Charles Bolden, Jr. flew on four historic Space Shuttle missions in the 1980's and 90's, and became the first African-American to lead NASA as NASA Administrator.

Segregated Marine Says, "You can't get enough education"

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
B.S Plair at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.

B.S. Plair of Rock Hill, South Carolina, served for the Montford Point Marines in 1945, until he was honorably discharged in 1946. The Montford Point Marines were based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina , and were the first African American Marines to serve in the military,...

Ronald Erwin McNair

February 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Ronald Erwin McNair

Inducted into the South Carolina Hall Of Fame, Ronald McNair was the second African-American to go into space, and was part of the STS-51L crew that died when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off in 1986.

Susan Pringle Frost

October 4, 2016 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Photograph of Susan Pringle Frost

Susan Pringle Frost dedicated her life to making sure that Charleston’s historic architectural beauty would be preserved. Born in Charleston to wealthy parents in 1873, she lived in the Miles Brewton House on King Street. When her family’s fortune dwindled, Frost got a job...

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