SC People

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

(1917-1993) Born in Cheraw, SC, African American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer and composer

William Henry Gist

William Henry Gist

(1807-1874) William Henry Gist was the governor of South Carolina from 1858-1860 and a leader of the secession movement.

Gordon Glisson

(1930-1997) Born in Winnsboro, SC, Gordon Glisson was a Champion Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.

Ambrose E. Gonzales

(1857-1926) Ambrose E. Gonzales and his brother, N.G. Gonzales, founded The State newspaper in 1891.

Wil Lou Gray

Wil Lou Gray

(1883-1984) Wil Lou Gray was a pioneer of adult education and literacy and founder of the Opportunity School program in Columbia.

Jonathan Green

(1955- ) Jonathan Green is a contemporary African-American painter and printmaker who was born in Gardens Corner, SC.

Maxcy Gregg

Maxcy Gregg

(1814-1862) Born in Columbia, SC, Maxcy Gregg was a lawyer and later brigadier general in the Confederate States Army.

William Gregg of South Carolina

William Gregg

(1800-1867) William Gregg was the founder of the Graniteville Company, an early cotton mill in Aiken County.

Archibald Grimkè

Archibald Grimkè

(1849-1930) Born in Charleston, SC, Archibald Grimkè was a lawyer, journalist, community leader, and involved in the early NAACP. The abolitionist Grimkè sisters were his aunts.

Sarah Grimkè & Angelina Grimkè Weld

Sarah Grimkè & Angelina Grimkè Weld

Sarah Grimkè (1792-1873) & Angelina Grimkè Weld (1805-1879) - The Grimkè sisters were Charleston aristocrats who became active abolitionists who spok

Vertamae Grosvenor

(1938- ) Vertamae Grosvenor has written many books, essays, and poems on the Gullah and Geechee way of life.

Johnson Hagood

Johnson Hagood

(1829-1898) Born in Barnwell, SC, Johnson Hagood was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army and governor of South Carolina from 1880-1882.

William Melton Halsey

(1915-1999) William Melton Halsey was a Modernist painter and sculptor who also was an influential art teacher in the state.

James Hammond

James Hammond

(1807-1864) Born in Newberry County, SC, James Hammond was a politician who served as a US Representative, US, Senator, and governor of South Carolina.

Wade Hampton III

Wade Hampton III

(1818-1902) Born in Charleston, SC, Wade Hampton III was a Confederate general, governor, United States Senator.

Joyce Hansen

Joyce Hansen

(1942- ) Joyce Hansen has been writing books for children and young adults for over twenty years. Joyce’s first children’s book, The Gift-Giver, published in 1980, was inspired by her own Bronx childhood and by her students.

Edwin Augustus Harleston

Edwin Augustus Harleston

(1882-1931) Edwin Augustus Harleston was an African American portrait painter and businessman from Charleston.

Elise Forrest Harleston

(1891-1970) Elise Forrest Harleston was South Carolina’s first African-American female photographer. She worked alongside her husband, Edwin Augustus Harleston.

Edwin Dubose Heyward

Edwin Dubose Heyward

(1885-1940) Edwin Dubose Heyward was a Charleston author who wrote Porgy, the book on which the musical Porgy & Bess was based.

Thomas Heyward, Jr

Thomas Heyward, Jr

(1746-1809) Born in St. Luke's Parish, Thomas Heyward, Jr. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.