(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC.

(1933 – 1993) Sarah Mae Flemming sued bus owners in Columbia, SC for an incident that occurred 17 months before Rosa Parks took her stand in Montgomery, Alabama.

(1759–1839) Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.