Educators

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune

(1875-1955) 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, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D.

Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper

(1759–1839) Thomas Cooper was a professor, philosopher, and president of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, from 1820-1833.

Sarah Mae Flemming

Sarah Mae Flemming

(1933 – 1993) Sarah Mae Flemming sued bus owners in Columbia, SC for an incident which occurred 17 months before Rosa Parks took her stand in Montgomery, Alabama.

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.

William Melton Halsey

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