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Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is a writer best known for her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

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Jean Hoefer Toal

Jean Toal was the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court.

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Peggie Lois Hartwell

Peggie Lois Hartwell is a fourth-generation quilter and educator.

 A white church surrounded by a black fence and gray grave stones.

Bamberg County

Bamberg County and its county seat, Bamberg, were named for local resident William Seaborn Bamberg (1820-1858) and other members of the Bamberg family.

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Saluda County

Saluda County was named for the Saluda River, which forms one of its borders. The county was established in 1895 from part of Edgefield County, and the county seat is the town of Saluda.

Photo of Abbeville Opera House. "Abbeville Opera House" by J. Stephen Conn is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Abbeville County

Both the county and its county seat, the town of Abbeville, were named for the French town of the same name.

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Barnwell County

Barnwell County and its county seat of Barnwell were named for Revolutionary War leader John Barnwell (1748-1800).

South Carolina Facts

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The Mace of the South Carolina House of Representatives

The South Carolina House of Representatives Mace is the oldest legislative mace in use in the United States. The Mace was made in London by Magdalen Feline in 1756.  Upon the opening of the session, the Sergeant-at-Arms will bear the mace ahead of the Speaker and lay it upon a specially prepared rack on the rostrum in front of the Speaker. The Mace remains on its rack until recess or adjournment. 

South Carolina Glossary

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(noun) - the way of life of a group of people, including their behaviors, beliefs, values, customs, and symbols