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Wil Lou Gray

March 1, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Wil Lou Gray

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.

Robert Smalls

February 22, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Robert Smalls

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...

Ronald Erwin McNair

February 15, 2018 - 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.

David Drake aka “Dave the Potter”

February 8, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Dave the Potter

David Drake was an enslaved African American in Edgefield, South Carolina during the first three quarters of the nineteenth century. He’s known today for the magnificent quality of the pots he made, the size of the pots, and he wrote poems on some of his pots—during an era...

Thomas Pinckney

January 18, 2018 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Thomas Pinckney. Illustrated by James. H. Palmer, Jr

5-minute biography of statesman Thomas Pinckney. Through the use of interviews and historical illustrations, the documentary tells the story of this signer of the United States Constitution, military leader and political figure, and his contributions to South Carolina and...

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...

Matthew Perry Jr

October 26, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame 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...

John R. Heller

July 27, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
John Heller

John Roderick Heller was born in Fair Play, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Clemson College and Emory University Medical School. In 1943, Dr. Heller was appointed chief of the U.S. Public Health Service’s venereal disease division. In 1948, he was named Director of the...

Gen William Moultrie

July 20, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Gen Moultrie

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, William Moultrie (1785-1787) is known for his leadership during the American Revolutionary War. He defended the city of Charleston from British attack in 1776, and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island was named for him. He contributed the...

Peter Horry

July 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Peter Horry

Peter Horry (1743-1815) was a planter from Georgetown County, South Carolina, who became a politician and leader during the American Revolutionary War. He served at the Battle of Fort Moultrie in 1776 and fought alongside Gen. Francis Marion later in the war. Horry is...

Edward Rutledge

July 6, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
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...

William Jennings Bryan Dorn

June 29, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn

William Jennings Bryan Dorn (1916-2005) was a United States Congressman from Greenwood, South Carolina, known for his work on the GI Bill, Keowee-Toxaway Project, and the creation of Lakes Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond

Thomas Heyward Jr.

June 22, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Thomas Heyward Jr.

Biography of the life of Declaration of Independence signer and noted statesman Thomas Heyward, Jr. Through the use of archival materials, scholar interviews, historic sites, and reenactments, this program details events surrounding Heyward’s life, his role in our country’s...

William Gregg

June 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
William Gregg

William Gregg (1800-1867) was born in Charleston and was a leading advocate of Southern industrialization. He founded a successful cotton mill in Graniteville, South Carolina and brought the concept of the “mill village” to South Carolina.

Thomas Lynch Jr.

June 8, 2017 - Posted in SC Hall of Fame
Thomas Lynch Jr.

Biography of the life of Declaration of Independence signer and noted statesman Thomas Lynch, Jr. Through the use of archival materials, scholar interviews, and historical reenactment, this program details the events surrounding Lynch’s life, his role in our country’s war...

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