World War I and the Jazz Age

WWI Soldiers walking down street in Columbia after returning from France

WWI soldiers returning from France in 1919 in Columbia, SC. Courtesy of the North Carolina State Archives.

From hometown soldiers and nurses to Camp Sevier in Greenville, South Carolina was deeply invested in World War I.

Life in the Military


Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune
Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, 1949, photographed by Carl Van Vechten. Image from the Library of Congress.

Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Anderson Automobile

The Anderson Automobile was a car built by John Gary Anderson in Rock Hill, SC from 1916-1926.