(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC.
(1759–1839) Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.
(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.
(1883-1984) Wil Lou Gray was a pioneer of adult education and literacy and founder of the Opportunity School program in Columbia.
(1915-1999) William Melton Halsey was a Modernist painter and sculptor who also was an influential art teacher in the state.
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