Juan Pardo was a Spanish explorer who built missions and forts in the Southeast in 1566 and 1567.
Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker was born on Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
Carl Anthony Payne II is an actor best known as "Cole" in Martin and Walter "Cockroach" Bradley in The Cosby Show.
Daniel Alexander Payne was a bishop, educator, college administrator, and author from Charleston, SC.
Teddy Pendergrass was a singer. He initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
Kitty Black Perkins was the Chief Designer of Fashions and Doll Concepts for Barbie.
William "The Refrigerator" Perry was a former college and professional football player.
Judge Matthew James Perry, Jr. was South Carolina's first Black United States District Court Judge.
Julia Peterkin was a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote about the African American experience in the South.
Lawyer, state and federal legislator, US ambassador to Russia, and governor of South Carolina. Born in Pickens, SC
Andrew Pickens was a militia leader in the American Revolutionary War and US Representative from Abbeville County, SC.
Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue dye from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony’s most important cash crops.
Thomas Pinckney was an early American statesman, diplomat, and soldier in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Poet, novelist, civic leader. Pinckney played a key role in the literary revival that swept through the South after World War I
Charles Pinckney was a lawyer, governor of South Carolina, and signer of the United States Constitution.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was a South Carolina lawyer and signer of the United States Constitution.
Radio and television personality Joe Pinner has been an icon of South Carolina televisions since 1963.
Joel Roberts Poinsett was a US Representative, the first US Minister to Mexico, and US Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren.
Melvin Purvis was an FBI agent responsible for ending the criminal careers of Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger.