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Caroline Etheredge Hembel


In 1939, Caroline Etheredge Hembel was one of the three women accepted for the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the University of South Carolina. The only woman to complete the program, she was the first woman in the 11 Southeastern states to solo and receive a pilot's license.

Mary Boykin Chesnut


Born near Statesburg, SC, Mary Boykin Chesnut was married to an aide to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. She was also the author of a famous diary vividly describing events during the Civil War.

Anna DeCosta Banks, RN


Anna DeCosta Banks, RN, was a pioneer in the nursing profession. She was the first nurse at the Hospital and Training School for Nurses, a segregated institution organized for the purpose of training black nurses with a hospital of their own.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney


Eliza Lucas Pinckney was a daughter of a plantation owner who is best known for her experiments with creating blue dye from indigo plants, which led to indigo becoming one of the colony's most important cash crops.

Mary McLeod Bethune


Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, FL that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.