Clockwise from top left: Julia Peterkin, Stephen Colbert, Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Boykin Chesnut, Strom Thurmond, Chubby Checker.
South Carolina has been home to many people who have become well-known in many fields, from entertainers and athletes, to political leaders both here in the state and beyond.
Meet famous writers who have written about our state, European explorers who first discovered this area, and civil rights activists who fought on a local and national front for equality and justice.
Artists - Artists have been capturing the people and places of our state in art since the earliest colonists.
Athletes & Coaches - South Carolinians have been involved in most sports, from football to tennis to NASCAR.
Authors - Meet famous writers who have lived in and written about our state.
Business Leaders - From an early car company to textile mills and land development, South Carolina has been home to many well-known entrepreneurs.
Civil Rights Activists - Many South Carolinians have fought on a local and national front for equality and justice.
Educators - Several educators from our state have become famous in their fields, founded colleges, and advocated for education for all.
Entertainers - Entertainers from South Carolina include dancers, wrestlers, actors, and more.
Explorers - Meet European explorers who first discovered and explored South Carolina.
Military Leaders - South Carolinians have been involved in all major conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War and later conflicts.
Musicians - Musicians from South Carolina have performed in a wide range of genres, from country to blues to rock.
Political & Government Leaders - Meet South Carolinians who have become well-known for their roles in state and national government.
Scientists - People from South Carolina have been astronauts, doctors, biochemists, and biologists.
Other - South Carolinians have also been cardinals in the Catholic Church, pirates, preservationists, and more.
A-Z List of SC People - Here is a complete list of South Carolinians featured in the South Carolina People section.
Other SC People Websites - Want more? There are several great websites that feature famous South Carolinians.