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Color portrait of Moses Waddel

Moses Waddel

Moses Waddel was an educator and minister in antebellum Georgia and South Carolina. He is the author of "Memoirs of the Life of Miss Caroline Elizabeth Smelt."

William Aiken Walker wearing a black hat.

William Aiken Walker

William Aiken Walker was a painter from Charleston, SC who specialized in rural farm and plantation scenes.

David Duncan Wallace

David Duncan Wallace

David Duncan Wallace was a historian and author of "History of South Carolina."

Julius Waring

Julius Waties Waring

Judge J. Waties Waring was the dissenting opinion in the Briggs v. Elliott court case; a white Southerner who advocated for justice and an end to segregation in the education system.

John B. Watson

John B. Watson

John Watson was a psychologist who established the psychological school of behaviorism and conducted research on animal behavior, child-rearing, and advertising.

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Spann Watson

Lt. Col. Spann Watson was a fighter pilot who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

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Clemmie E. Webber

Advocate of women’s rights and suffrage and co-founder of the literacy movement in South Carolina

John C. West

John C. West

John C. West was a Lieutenant Governor and Governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1977-1981).

William Childs Westmoreland wearing a military uniform.

William C. Westmoreland

General William C. Westmoreland, born in Spartanburg, led the American troops during a pivotal time in the Vietnam War.

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Lucille Simmons Whipper

Lucille Simmons Whipper was the first Black woman to represent a Charleston County seat in the legislature and the first woman of color ever to be elected to the SC General Assembly.

Painting by John Blake White of General Francis Marion Inviting a British Officer to Share His Meal

John Blake White

John Blake White was a painter and playwright from Berkeley County. He is best known for his painting of Francis Marion.

Josh White in the middle wearing a polka-dot shirt.

Josh White

Josh White was a singer, musician, and civil rights activist.

Vanna White wearing a yellow dress.

Vanna White

Vanna White is a television personality best known as the puzzle-board turner and co-host on the game show Wheel of Fortune.

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Johnson Chesnut Whittaker

 Slave, West Point cadet, lawyer, educator

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Johnny Whitworth

Johnny Whitworth is a actor. He is known for his roles as A.J. in Empire Records, Blackout in Marvel's Ghost Rider: Spirt of Vengeance, and Jake Berkeley in CSI: Miami.

The professional wrestler The Big Show with his arms raised in the ring in a crowded arena.

The Big Show

Paul Wight, better known as The Big Show, is a WWE professional wrestler and actor.

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David Rogerson Williams

45th Governor of South Carolina.

Cecil Williams drinking from a water fountain labeled Whites Only

Cecil J. Williams

Cecil J. Williams is a photographer best known for his photography documenting the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina.

William Hayward Mookie Wilson is wearing a blue and orange baseball uniform and swinging a wooden bat

William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson

William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson is a former Major League Baseball player who played with the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

An older smiling Black Woman.

Donella Brown Wilson

Donella Brown Wilson was an educator and centenarian.

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John Lyde Wilson

49th Governor of South Carolina

Stern looking Woodrow Wilson with thin framed glasses

Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was a politician and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.

A'ja Wilson smiling and preparing to throw a wrapped up t-shirt to a crowd

A'ja Wilson

A'ja Wilson is a professional basketball player for the Las Vegas Aces.

Smiling Mario in a black leather jacket and black sunglasses.

Mario Winans

Mario Winans is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

color photograph of Sylvia Woods and her husband standing in front of her restaurant

Sylvia Pressley Woods

Sylvia Pressley Woods was a restaurateur, author, businesswoman best known for Sylvia's Restaurant in New York city.

A man dressed in colonial clothing.

Henry Woodward

Henry Woodward was an early colonist of South Carolina who was instrumental in establishing contact with Native Americans and setting up a trading system.

black and white photo  of Joanne Woodward

Joanne Woodward

Famous Actress of film, stage, and television. Best known for taking on difficult womens roles.

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Isaac Woodward

Black World War II veteran who became known to the world as the victim of a horrific act of racist violence that robbed him of his sight.

Gamel Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey

Gamel Woolsey was a poet, novelist, and translator.

A smiling Samuel E. Wright

Samuel E. Wright

Samuel Edward Wright is an actor and singer. He is best known as the voice of Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid

A woman wearing a patterned dress with a golden turtle broach.

Dorris Wright

Dorris Wright is a Civil Rights Activist and was one of the participants in the "Greenville Eight" protest.

Jonathan Jasper Wright

Jonathan Jasper Wright

Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright was the first African American to practice law in South Carolina.