Women in SC

Julia Mood Peterkin

Julia Mood Peterkin

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 married William George "Willy" Peterkin, who was a rich cotton planter.

Lucile Godbold

Lucile Godbold

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 archival photographs and film footage of her, as well as interviews with her family members, former students, and local historians.

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

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 shoes while looking for a writing job. Her dream was to write for The New York Times. She was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 1990.

Dr. Anne Austin Young

Dr. Anne Austin Young

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 obstacles for young women. Dr. Young would go on to become a leading OBGYN in Anderson, delivering 10,000 babies in her career.

Wil Lou Gray

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.

Frances Ravenel Smythe Edmunds

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 DuPont Crowninshield Award. President Carter appointed her to the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

Ann Pamela Cunningham

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

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.

Septima Clark

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 influenced by “reconstruction”.  Charleston was strictly segregated and divided by class.

Mary Boykin Chestnut

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 Carolina and American history.

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