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Charles H. Townes | SC Hall of Fame

May 28, 2020 - Posted in History
Charles H. Townes

Charles H. Townes was born in Greenville, South Carolina, July 28, 1915, and grew up on a farm. Townes studied at Furman and Duke Universities, then headed west to Cal Tech. After getting his Ph.D., Townes moved back east to work for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. As...

Bobby Richardson | SC Hall of Fame

April 23, 2020 - Posted in History
Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson, native of Sumter, South Carolina, played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966. He won the Gold Glove Award five times and was selected to the American League All-Star team eight times. Richardson played in seven World Series. He is the...

Archibald Rutledge | SC Hall of Fame

April 2, 2020 - Posted in History
Archibald Rutledge

Archibald Rutledge was born October 23, 1883 in McClellanville, South Carolina. He grew up at Hampton Plantation on the South Santee River. In 1904, Rutledge began writing stories, poems, and magazine articles, many about hunting and other outdoor pursuits. In 1934,...

Robert Smalls | SC Hall of Fame

February 27, 2020 - Posted in History
photo of Robert Smalls, black and white

In 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved crew-member of the CSS Planter, steals the boat, sails it past the heavily armed defenses of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and delivers it into the hands of the Union forces further out. The bold act makes Smalls a hero in the North...

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...

Edward Rutledge | SC Hall of Fame

July 6, 2017 - Posted in History
Edward Rutledge

A brief biography of the life of Edward Rutledge, statesman, South Carolina Governor, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Through the use of archival materials, scholar interviews, visits to historic landmarks, and reenactments, this program details the events...

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds | SC Hall of Fame

June 1, 2017 - Posted in History
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...

Anne Worsham Richardson | SC Hall of Fame

April 27, 2017 - Posted in History
Anne Worsham Richardson

Known as the “Charleston Bird Lady,” Anne Worsham Richardson (1919-2012), renowned wildlife artist, was sometimes dubbed the Audubon of her time. No other South Carolinian has done more to portray the avian wildlife of the Palmetto State than this Charleston artist, whose...

Philip Simmons | SC Hall of Fame

February 2, 2017 - Posted in History
Philip Simmons

A Charleston native, Philip Simmons (1912-2009) was famous for his decorative ironwork pieces, which are featured throughout Charleston and in various other parts of the world. When he began his career, blacksmiths in Charleston made everyday household objects, such as...

Donald Russell | SC Hall of Fame

January 26, 2017 - Posted in History
Donald Russell

Donald Stuart Russell (1906-1998) was a protégé of former Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. Russell was Governor of South Carolina from 1963-1965 and a U.S. Senator. He also served as President of the University of South Carolina. The Donald S. Russell Papers are...

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. | SC Hall of Fame

November 15, 2016 - Posted in History
Black and white photo of Joe Riley swearing in ceremony.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was born in 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Riley served six years in the South Carolina House of Representatives and was elected Mayor of Charleston in 1975. He served ten...