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Havilah Babcock

Havilah Babcock was chair of the English Department at the University of South Carolina for many years and a passionate outdoorsman and famous outdoor writer.

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Augusta Baker

Augusta Baker was a librarian and storyteller known for her contributions to children's literature, especially regarding the portrayal of Black Americans in works for children.

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Jack Bass

Jack Bass is an author and journalist.

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Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell is a novelist and writer.

Elderly Laura Bragg sitting in a chair. She wears a white  dress, golden beaded necklace, and broach.

Laura Bragg

Laura Bragg was the first woman director of a major American museum when she became the head of the Charleston Museum in 1920.

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Benjamin Griffith Brawley

Benjamin Griffith Brawley was an author and educator from Columbia, SC. Many of his books were considered standard college texts.

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Matthew J. Bruccoli

Matthew J. Bruccoli was a professor at the University of South Carolina and the preeminent expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Orville Vernon Burton

Dr. Orville Vernon Burton is a historian, educator, and author from Ninety-Six, SC.

Emory Shaw Campbell

Emory Shaw Campbell

Born in Hilton Head Island, SC, Emory Shaw Campbell is an author and community leader among the Gullah people who live in the coastal Lowcountry region of South Carolina. 

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Septima Poinsette Clark

Septima Poinsette Clark was an African American educator and activist for equal rights who worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thomas Green Clemson

Thomas Green Clemson was a statesman, ambassador, US Superintendent of Agriculture, and founder of Clemson University.

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Elizabeth Boatwright Coker

Wife of James Lide Coker III, Elizabeth Boatwright Coker was the author of nine historical romance novels based on southern and South Carolina cultural life.

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James Lide Coker

Businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist born in Darlington, SC. Coker was educated at the Citadel and Harvard where he studied to better prepare himself for managing agricultural property.

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Thomas Cooper

 Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and second president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.

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Guy Davenport

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

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Kwame Dawes

Poet, editor, novelist, cultural critic

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James Dickey

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

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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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Louise Jones DuBose

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

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Pam Durban

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

Walter Edgar

Walter Edgar

Walter B. Edgar is a historian and author specializing in Southern history and culture, particularly for South Carolina. 

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott was a legislator, banker, and botanist. He is best known for his work, A Sketch of the Botany of South Carolina and Georgia. The plant genus Elliottia is named after him.

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Percival Everett

Percival Everett is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

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Mamie Garvin Fields

Mamie Garvin Fields was a teacher, civil rights and religious activist, and memoirist.

Ernest Adolphus Finney, Jr.

Ernest Adolphus Finney, Jr.

Ernest Adolphus Finney, Jr. was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction Era.

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Martha Thomas Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Martha Thomas "Mattie" Fitzgerald was an educator and politician. She was the first woman elected in South Carolina in the House of Representatives in a General election. 

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Nick Aaron Ford

Nick Aaron Ford was a pioneer of Black literary criticism and a crucial voice in the establishment of Black studies as an academic discipline.

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Mack Gipson, Jr.

Dr. Mack Gipson, Jr. was the first African American man to obtain a Ph.D. in Geology.

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Juanita Willmon Goggins

Juanita Willmon Goggins was the first Black woman to be elected to the SC General Assembly

Angelina Grimkè wearing a frilly bonnet and dress with a light collar.

Angelina Grimkè

Angelina Grimkè Weld was an abolitionist, political activist, women's rights advocate, and supporter of the Women's Suffrage Movement. 

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Sarah Moore Grimkè

Sarah Moore Grimkè was a prominent abolitionist and is widely held to be the mother of the Women's Suffrage Movement. 

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Peggie Lois Hartwell

Peggie Lois Hartwell is a fourth-generation quilter and educator.

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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is a poet and educator from Columbia, SC. His collection, Lighthead, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010.

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Sherman James

Hartsville, SC native Dr. Sherman James is an epidemiologist and currently the Susan B. King Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. 

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Bret Lott

Bret Lott is the bestselling author of fourteen books and professor of English at the College of Charleston

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Rudy Mancke

Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began its long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide.

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Benjamin Elijah Mays

Benjamin Elijah Mays was a teacher, civil rights leader, president of Morehouse College, dean of Howard University's School of Religion, and first black president of Atlanta's school board.

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Elliott Crayton McCants

Elliott Crayton McCants was an author and educator. He is the author of In the Red Hills: A Story of the Carolina Country.

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Johnnie McFadden

Dr. Johnnie McFadden is the Benjamin Elijah Mays Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina.

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Amanda McNulty

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV's Making It Grow!

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Kelly Miller, Jr.

Born in Winnsboro, South Carolina, Dr. Kelly Miller, Jr. was the first African American to attend Johns Hopkins University.

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Arthenia J. Bates Millican

Arthenia J. Bates Millican was a poet, short-story writer, essayist, and educator from Sumter, South Carolina.

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Ellen Murray

Ellen Murray co-founded the Penn Center with Laura Towne.

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Daniel Alexander Payne

Daniel Alexander Payne was a bishop, educator, college administrator, and author from Charleston, SC.

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Gloria Blackwell Rackley

Gloria Blackwell Rackley was a Civil Rights activist and educator. 

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Rollin Sisters

Born to an aristocratic free Black family in Charleston, the Sisters were noted for their influence and political savvy in Reconstruction politics.

Vertamae Grosvenor holding a woven fan.

Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor was a culinary anthropologist, griot, food writer, and broadcaster on public media.

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Mark Steadman

Mark Steadman is a writer. He taught humor and the American novel at Clemson University.

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Max Steele

Max Steele was an author and educator from Greenville, SC.

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Laura Matilda Towne

Laura Matilda Towne was an abolitionist and educator known for forming the Penn School.

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Leo Twiggs

Leo Twiggs developed the Fine Art Department at South Carolina State University.

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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."

David Duncan Wallace

David Duncan Wallace

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

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Clemmie E. Webber

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

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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.

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Donella Brown Wilson

Donella Brown Wilson was an educator and centenarian.