Born near Statesburg, SC, Mary Boykin Chesnut was married to an aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and she kept a famous diary vividly describing events during the Civil War.
Born in Charleston, SC Alice Childress was a novelist, playwright, and actress. She is known as the only African-American woman to have written, produced, and published plays for four decades.
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report.
Samuel Henry Dickson was a poet, physician, writer, and educator. He was one of the founders of the Medical College of South Carolina (now the Medical University of South Carolina).
Charles Joyner is the author of Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Cultures and Burroughs Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University
Louis D. Rubin’s distinguished career as a teacher, scholar, editor, and novelist has brought him numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from the University of Richmond, the College of Charleston, and Clemson University.
Alexander Samuel Salley was a historian whose work and dedication to preserving South Carolina's history led to the creation of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.