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Black and white photograph of Charles Daniel

Charles Ezra Daniel

Charles Ezra Daniel was a successful businessman and political figure in South Carolina.

A older woman in a red jacket.

Beth Daniel

Beth Daniel is a professional golfer.

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Guy Davenport

Guy Davenport was a writer, translator, illustrator, painter, and teacher from Anderson, SC.

A smiling Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis is an actress. She is the first African-American and currently the youngest actor to achieve the "Triple Crown of Acting." 

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Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis is an actress and producer. She is best known for playing Charlotte York Goldenblatt in the HBO series Sex and the City.

Gary Davis wearing a dark suit, dark glasses and a dark hat. He is holding a guitar.

Gary Davis

Gary Davis was a blind blues and gospel songwriter and innovative guitarist.

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Kwame Dawes

Poet, editor, novelist, cultural critic

A smiling young man with a 5 o'clock shadow.

Manish Dayal

Manish Dayal is an actor best known for his roles in The Resident, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and Viceroy's House.

Cover of De Orbe Novo

Francisco de Chicora

Francisco de Chicora was a Native American that was taken to Spain, where he met chronicler Peter Martyr and told him about the Chicora tribe.

Hernando de Soto.

Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who explored South Carolina. 

Reverend Joseph Armstrong DeLaine wearing a cassock.

Joseph Armstrong DeLaine

Reverend Joseph Armstrong Delaine was a civil rights leader from Summerton, SC, who helped end segregation in South Carolina schools.

A black man with a receding hairline and mustache goatee.

Martin Robison Delany

Martin Robison Delany was an physician, writer, and first proponent of black nationalism.

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Robert Carlos DeLarge

Legislator, congressman

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BJ Dennis

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, personal chef and caterer Benjamin “BJ” Dennis infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah Geechee cuisine.

A smiling James Dickey

James Dickey

James Dickey was a professor at the University of South Carolina known for his poetry and novels.

Samuel Dickson wearing a dark and light suit.

Samuel Henry Dickson

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).

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Peggy Dillard-Toone

Peggy Dillard-Toone is a model and artist. She was the second Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue.

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Julius Dixson

Julius Dixson (sometimes spelled Dixon) was an African American songwriter and record company executive. He was known for the 1958 hit "Lollipop."

Larry Doby practice swing.

Larry Doby

Lawrence "Larry" Doby was the first African American to play baseball in the American League and the second African American to manage a major league team.

Stanley Donen holding a microphone.

Stanley Donen

American film director and choreographer. Known as "The King of Musicals". Born in Columbia, SC

Ulysses Dove

Ulysses Dove

Ulysses Dove was one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers of the past half-century.

Three David Drake works of pottery on a sideboard.

David Drake

David Drake lived in Edgefield, SC, as a slave and, after the Civil War, as a freedman who made distinctive stoneware pottery, often engraved with short poems or couplets.

William Henry Drayton wearing a powdered wig.

William Henry Drayton

William Henry Drayton was a planter and lawyer from Charleston, SC, who served as a delegate for South Carolina to the Continental Congress.

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John Drayton

John Drayton was South Carolina's 40th Governor.

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Louise Jones DuBose

Louise Jones DuBose was the Assistant State Director of the South Carolina Writers' Project.

Charles M. Duke in a space suit with a lunar glob in front of him and an American flag behind him.

Charles M. Duke Jr.

Colonel Charles Moss Duke, Jr. is a retired USAF Brigadier General and former NASA astronaut and engineer.

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Eugenia Duke

Eugenia Duke created Duke's Mayonnaise

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Nathalie Dupree

Nathalie Dupree is an author, chef, and cooking show host whose work has focused on Southern cuisine.

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Pam Durban

Aiken native, Pam Durban is a novelist, short story writer, and educator.