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
- World War I
Learn about the causes and key players of World War I.
- World War I & African-American 371st Infantry Regiment
The 371st Infantry Regiment was an African-American unit of mostly South Carolinians from small towns like Sandy Springs, Anderson, Edgefield and Laurens.
- Camp Sevier, 1918
See a panoramic view of Camp Sevier in Greenville, SC, where over 80,000 soldiers trained in World War I.
- WWI Propaganda Posters
Take a look at these posters created during World War I to promote war efforts.
- Photographs of World War I military camps (Camp Jackson and Camp Moore), 1917-1919
See images of two military camps in South Carolina: Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson) and Camp Moore, (now the Pine Ridge National Guard Armory).
- Letter from Cornelius Kollock to his mother on life in the military, c. June 1917
Read a letter from a World War I soldier at Camp Jackson in Columbia, SC.
- Confederate Veterans
In 1917, there were still many veterans of the Civil War alive in South Carolina.
- Ads for New Household Inventions, 1915
South Carolinians could buy new household appliances such as telephones, refrigerators, and electric lighting.
- Michael Francis Blake Photographs, 1912-1934
Michael Francis Blake owned one of the first African-American photography studios in Charleston.
- The Princess Theater, c.a. 1915
The Princess Theater was a movie theater in Georgetown. The featured movie is May Blossom, a silent film produced in 1915.
- William H. Johnson
Born in 1901, William H. Johnson was an African American artist who painted distinctive modernist imagery of African American life.
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.
The Anderson Automobile was a car built by John Gary Anderson in Rock Hill, SC from 1916-1926.