(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.
(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 which 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.