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Sarah Grimkè wearing a frilly bonnet and checked dress.

Sarah Moore Grimkè

Sarah Moore Grimkè was a prominent abolitionist and is widely held to be the mother of the Women's Suffrage Movement. 

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney wearing a powdered wig and a black and gold coat

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a South Carolina lawyer and signer of the United States Constitution.

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Lindsey Graham

U. S. Congressman, lawyer, Major in the Air Force Reserve (Ret.)

A smiling Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis

Kary Mullis grew up in Columbia, SC, and was an esteemed biochemist and Nobel laureate.

Orange-brown brick building with a white window tower

Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773).

A small brick building is next to a large white building and two large brick buildings.

Edgefield County

The origin of the name Edgefield is not clear, although it is usually described as "fanciful." The county was formed in 1785 as part of the Ninety Six District.

A square brick building with three curved archways for the front door and windows.

Union County

Union County was named for the old Union Church, which served both the Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations in the area.

a small white house with a half wrap around porch.

Chester County

Chester County and its county seat, the city of Chester, were named for Chester County, Pennsylvania.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Insect

The native Carolina Mantid (Stagmomantis Carolina) was designated as the official State Insect by Act Number 591 of 1988. As a beneficial insect, the Carolina Mantid consumes pest insects that could otherwise damage or destroy flowers and produce. 

South Carolina Glossary

translucent white orbs on the ground.


(noun) - chunks of ice that fall from the clouds during storms