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Ernest Everett Just

Born in Charleston, SC, Dr. Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African-American biologist and educator who pioneered many areas on the physiology of development.

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Monroe K. Spears

Monroe K. Spears was the editor of the Sewanee Review and the Libbie Shearn Moody Professor of English at Rice University.

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Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett is an accomplished basketball player in the NBA. He has played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics.

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Robert Kingston Scott

Robert Kingston Scott was the 74th Governor of South Carolina

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Chesterfield County

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

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Sumter County

Sumter County and its county seat, the city of Sumter, were named for Revolutionary War general Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), a resident of the area.

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Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County was probably named for King William III of England (1650-1702). Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot settlers began moving into this part of the Lowcountry around 1732.

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Union County

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

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

A dark green forest with the blue mountains in the background.


(noun) - any geological feature such as a mountain or valley