SC Hall of Fame

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.

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.

Ronald Erwin McNair

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

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation’s strongest advocacy group for children and families. Born in 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina, she attended Spelman College and Yale Law School. In the sixties, she was active in the civil rights movement in Mississippi and worked with Martin Luther King  and Robert Kennedy to assist poor people.

Philip Simmons

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 horseshoes. By the time he retired 77 years later, the craft was considered an art form, rather than a practical profession.

Donald Russell

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 preserved at the University.

James F. Byrnes

James F. Byrnes

James Francis Byrnes (1882-1972) was born in Charleston and served in all three branches of the federal government.  He was known as Franklin Roosevelt’s “Assistant President.” Byrnes was active in South Carolina’s state government as well.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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 four-year terms as Mayor, leading the city in areas of cultural diversity, the arts, tourism, economic development, and city planning.  He also shepherded Charleston through the ravages of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and the Emanuel Church shootings in 2015.

Susan Pringle Frost

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 as a stenographer.  Working for architect Bradford Lee Gilbert, she discovered she had a taste for historic architecture.  Later as a U.S. District Court stenographer, she became interested in the women’s suffrage movement.

Darla Moore

Photograph of Darla Moore

Darla Moore was born and raised near Lake City, South Carolina, growing up on the family cotton, soybean and tobacco farm.  After graduating from Lake City High School, she attended the University of South Carolina to study political science, later working for the Republican National Committee in Washington.  In 1982, Moore gained her MBA from George Washington University and moved to New York City where she became become one of the most successful and highest paid women in the banking industry.  She was the first woman featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine, and was listed as one of For

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