African American History

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...

"B" is for Benedict College

November 7, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"B" is for Benedict College. A historically black college in Columbia, Benedict was founded by Rhode Island native Bathsheba Benedict. Benedict purchased an eighty-acre tract with the goal of educating recently emancipated African-Americans. Originally named Benedict...

The Reverend Jesse Jackson

October 26, 2017 - Posted in SCETV by Jackie Johnson
Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Living under Jim Crow segregation laws, Jackson was taught to go to the back of the bus and use separate water fountains, practices he says he accepted until the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. He attended the racially...

Matthew Perry Jr

October 26, 2017 - Posted in SCETV by Jackie Johnson
Matthew Perry Jr

Matthew J. Perry, was Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1921. Perry, who excelled academically, attended local segregated schools and started college, at historically black South Carolina State College, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, studying business. He served...

Groundbreaking Historical Marker Installed in York, SC

June 9, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Liberian Migration Marker in York, SC

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York County, South Carolina , has a history that not many people know about. Allison Creek Presbyterian Church Pastor, Sam McGregor , explains, “It’s the greatest story of African American liberation that’s never been told…that centered...

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...

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,...

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or...

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.

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...

Freedom Walkway Honors South Carolina Civil Rights Heroes

February 6, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC.

In 1961, African American students from Friendship Junior College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, walked a mile to stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter. Their unconventional mission was to be put in jail and refuse to pay or accept bail to place a financial burden on...

Philip Simmons

February 2, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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...

Friendship 9 Member Discusses the Civil Rights Movement

February 1, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
David Williamson Jr. at The Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC

The Friendship 9 consisted of students from Friendship Junior College . These students are best known for their historic one-mile walk from Friendship Junior College to McCrory’s Variety Store on January 31, 1961. They walked into the front door of McCrory’s expecting...

Behind The Scenes with the Freedom Walkway Artists

February 1, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Cannon
Freedom Walkway in Rock Hill, SC.

On January 31, 1961, civil rights history was made in South Carolina. African American students from Friendship Junior College walked a mile to stage a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter on Main Street in Rock Hill, South Carolina. On that day, they had a mission. Their...

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