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Louise Smith in a racecar.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith was known as “the first lady of racing.” Louise Smith was the first professional woman race car driver.

Black and white photograph of Alma Hayden working in a laboratory

Alma Levant Hayden

Alma Levant Hayden was a chemist and one of the first African American women to work as a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s.

Color photograph of Percival Everett

Percival Everett

Percival Everett is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Black and white photograph of Babcock sitting in front of a typewriter

Havilah Babcock

Havilah Babcock was chair of the English Department at the University of South Carolina for many years and a passionate outdoorsman and famous outdoor writer.

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.

A wooden build with a mill wheel is next to a wooden bridge surround by trees.

Pickens County

Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens (1739-1817).

The front of an old bricked building with a rounded top and two circular windows above the door way.

Colleton County

Colleton County was named for one of the Lords Proprietors, Sir John Colleton (1608-1666).

A large white house with huge columns, dark windows, and gray stairs that leads out to a manicured green lawn.

Aiken County

Aiken County and its county seat, the town of Aiken, were named for William Aiken (1806-1831), president of the South Carolina Railroad.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Work Animal

The hard-working Mule was designated as the official State Heritage Work Animal by Act Number 240 of 2010.  

South Carolina Glossary

Green mountains against a blue sky and fluffy white clouds.

Appalachia

(noun) - a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico