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Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright


Justice Jonathan Jasper Wright was the first African American to practice law in South Carolina. He was also elected to the state Senate from Beaufort County, making him among the state's first African American legislators.

Harvey Gantt


Harvey Gantt was the first African American student to attend Clemson University when he began classes February 1, 1963. 

Francis Cardozo

Francis Cardozo was a leading political figure in the Radical Reconstruction political environment and the first African American to hold statewide office in the United States.

Orangeburg Massacre

On the night of February 8, 1968, three students were killed by police gunfire on the South Carolina State University campus in Orangeburg, SC. Find out more about this tragedy that became known as the Orangeburg Massacre.

Althea Gibson

Born in Silver, Clarendon County, SC, Althea Gibson was the first African American player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. National tennis championships.