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Dawn Staley

Dawn Staley is a three-time Olympic Gold medalist and head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks Women's Basketball team.

Robert Gibbes

Robert Wilson Gibbes

Robert Wilson Gibbes was a physician and naturalist who wrote paleontology articles on marine fossils found in South Carolina.

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Josephine Humphreys

Josephine Humphreys is a novelist from Charleston, South Carolina. Several of her novels are set in Charleston.

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William Henry Gist

William Henry Gist was the governor of South Carolina from 1858-1860 and a leader of the secession movement.

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Marlboro County

Marlboro County was named after John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722).

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Horry County

Horry County was named for Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry (1743-1815). The county was originally a part of the Georgetown District, and at one time, it was called Kingston.

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Lexington County

Lexington County and its county seat, the town of Lexington, were named for the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, the first battle of the American Revolution.

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Newberry County

The origin of the name Newberry is unknown. The county was formed in 1785 as a part of the Ninety Six District.

South Carolina Facts

South Carolina State Tree

The hardy Palmetto Tree (Inodes palmetto or Sabal palmetto) was designated as the official State Tree by Joint Resolution Number 63 on March 17, 1939. It is believed that the Palmetto tree was symbolical of the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island due to the fact that the Palmetto logs absorbed the impact of the cannonballs. 

South Carolina Glossary

People working the field.

gang system

(noun) - a division of labor on plantations where slaves were divided into groups, supervised by a driver, and worked the entire day for the owner’s profit