SC Hall of Fame Women

Septima Clark

February 13, 2020 - 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...

Julia Mood Peterkin

March 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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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...

Lucile Godbold

March 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
photo of Lucile Godbold, color

Lucile "Miss Ludy" Ellerbe Godbold (1900-1981) is a distinguished American athlete and educator from Estill, South Carolina. Her accomplishments paved the way for female athletes around the world. This nine minute piece chronicles her successes using a vast array of...

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

March 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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

March 8, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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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

March 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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.

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...

Elizabeth O’Neill Verner

May 4, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Elizabeth O’Neill Verner

Elizabeth O'Neill Verner (1883–1979) was an artist, author and preservationist from Charleston, South Carolina. She was one of the leading figures in the “Charleston Renaissance” movement, which sought to protect the city’s artistic and historic reputation. The South...

Anne Worsham Richardson

April 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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...

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.

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...

Marian Wright Edelman

February 9, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame by Jackie Johnson
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, is founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), considered by many, the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. Born in Bennettsville, SC, in 1939, Marian is a graduate of Historically Black Spelman College, located in...

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...